Welcome

The Central Africa Medical Mission serves as the supportive branch to the gospel mission by communicating Christ’s love and by caring concern for the physical needs of our fellow man.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Galatians 6:10


Welcome to the Central Africa Medical Mission, a 50-year legacy of healthcare in Zambia and Malawi. The volunteers and national staff see many faces and have been a light of Jesus to many people. Their work is one of humility, patience, commitment, and sacrifice for people that they may never see again. It is leaving a place of comfort and entering one that brings constant reminders of pain, disease, sorrow, and loneliness. Yet, it also brings the blessings of new friendships, lessons in perseverance and character, and a strengthened faith in the One who sustains, cares for, and loves all people. 

The Medical Mission is a program in which WELS or ELS  health care professionals can use their God-given abilities to spread His love in a different area of the world.  This ministry is a tremendous benefit to the Lutheran Church in Central Africa and our fellow sisters and brothers in Jesus.

 

Your Christian sisters,
The Central Africa Medical Mission Committee

 


Lutheran Mobile Clinic
(C.A.M.M – Malawi)
May 2017

April showers bring May flowers, right?  Well, this old adage doesn’t hold true in Malawi.  April typically brings long queues in our Out Patient Department, high numbers of malaria cases, and lots of referrals to Kamuzu Central Hospital, which handles complicated cases that the area health centers cannot.  There is a distinct lack of rain and only a handful of wild flowers can be seen on the roadside on the way out to Suzi and Thunga.  

Historically, April has been the peak of our busiest season.  It’s the month we see the most patients in our Out Patient Department.  It’s the month we have the most malaria cases.  It’s the month we have the most referrals. It’s the month we have the longest workdays out in the field.  April is a hard month, but this year, thankfully, it wasn’t.

This April, we saw 1,808 patients in our Out Patient Department.  In April 2016 we saw 5,132!  That is almost a 65% reduction in patients.  The reduction in Malaria cases is even larger!  This April we saw 815 malaria cases compared to 3,145 in 2016!  That is a 74% reduction in malaria cases seen at Lutheran Mobile Clinic.  

What caused such a reduction?  Thoughts in the Lilongwe health community point to a large-scale distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets throughout the country in 2016 before the rains came in December.  By sleeping under a mosquito net, people are protected from the mosquito’s bite, which transmits the malaria parasite.  The powerful and plentiful rains that began in December and continued up until March are also getting credit for helping to reduce the incidence of malaria this rainy season.  The strong rains helped to reduce the amount of stagnant water around, which is where mosquitos breed, thereby reducing the number of mosquitos able to transmit malaria.  The plentiful rains this year not only helped reduce malaria but also gave our farmers a bountiful crop, which is being harvested currently.  

LMC receives our malaria tests and treatment, LA, from USAID, the US government’s development organization.  The Malawian government no longer assists us with medications; therefore, if we use all those supplies we have to purchase them from our medications budget.  Each test is approximately $1.50, and treatment is approximately, 50 cents to $2.00.  That adds up quickly when we are using over 100 tests in a day!  Thankfully, this year, we haven’t had to purchase any malaria supplies yet.  With serious budget constraints, this is a huge blessing!

As we are coming to a close of the first week in May, we are seeing a slight increase in malaria and Out Patient Department numbers, but nothing like the volume we have been used to at this time in the year.  We are grateful for the reprieve of a hard April and for a Lord who is continually watching over us and providing for us in every way.

Your Sister in Christ,     
Amanda Oswalt    
Nurse In Charge - Lutheran Mobile Clinic

I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.  Psalm 9:2

Have an interest in serving with World Missions?
Now Accepting Applications
http://www.camm.us/africa-calling/nurse-in-charge-applications

AFRICA CALLING:

The Central Africa Medical Mission is accepting applications for Nurse-in-Charge for the Lutheran Mobile Clinic (Malawi) for a 3 year term of service.  
  • The nurse-in-charge must be an RN with clinic or hospital experience.  
  • The nurse-in-charge supervises clinic staff and maintains all clinic functions.  
  • Preferred applicants are single females due to living arrangements.  
  • The term of service will begin in November 2017.  
  • Because employment permits for Malawi take almost a year to process, candidates will be selected in early 2017.   
All applicants must be in good standing within WELS or ELS membership.

An application may be obtained here (Application Form) or by contacting Beth Evans (evans.bc57@yahoo.com) or Linda Liesener (cammcontact@charter.net ) 





CAMM Presentations

June 4, 2017 (Sunday)
Sunday Bible Study - St.Marcus (Milwaukee, WI) (9:15am - 10:15am) - Alison Westphal

June 22-25, 2017 (Thurs-Sun)
54th Annual LWMS Convention (Orlando, FL)  Linda Liesener

Sept 21, 2017 (Thursday)
St.Paul's Ladies Group (Algoma, WI) 6:30pm Linda Liesener

Sept 23, 2017 (Saturday)
Great River LWMS Circuit Rally - St. Paul's (Moline, IL) 10am  Linda Liesener

Oct 7, 2017 (Saturday)
Ohio LWMS Circuit Rally - Crown of Life (Marietta, OH)  tba   Linda Liesener

Oct 14, 2017 (Saturday
Paperland LWMS Circuit Rally - St Paul's (Algoma, WI)  tba  Linda Liesener

Oct 21, 2017 (Saturday)
Grand Canyon West LWMS Circuit Rally - King of Kings (Apache Junction, AZ) 9am Linda Liesener

Nov 7, 2017  (Tuesday)
St Paul's Ladies Group (Muskego, WI) 12:30pm  Linda Liesener
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