about our programs
about our programs
A year ago, Access Health Africa partnered with Operation Medical to provide surgical services to Malawi. Complete surgical teams travel to Malawi, Africa to operate on those who otherwise may not have access to surgical services. We have been able to provide a broad range of procedures to the people of Malawi.
Volunteers, including doctors, nurses, and ancillary support staff, provide acute care to a population of patients who would otherwise not have access to medical care. Malawi has just one doctor per 50,000 people – one of the lowest levels in the world. Recent research found that there are only 37 working surgeons in Malawi, the population of which is estimated to be approximately 17 million people. That’s nearly half a million people per 1 surgeon!
MediServ is a program operated in conjunction with Operation Medical, who brings expertise in providing hands-on global healthcare to the partnership. World Camp staff works directly with healthcare providers in Malawi to locate individuals waiting for surgeries that MediServ volunteers can provide. Malawian providers help prepare patients and work hand-in-hand in providing medical care. MediServ volunteers have also supported emergency room staff as well as rural clinics.
Although funding for healthcare has increased in Malawi in recent years, there are simply not enough trained staff available. While the shortage of medical staff in Malawi has partly been caused by factors such as migration and a lack of access to education, it has also been directly aggravated by AIDS.
The National Association of Nurses in Malawi (NONM) estimates that four nurses are lost to HIV and AIDS related illness every month. By connecting volunteer health providers with under-served populations in Malawi, World Camp is working to provide a comprehensive continuum of services through medical mission trips.
A primary goal of Access Health Africa is not only to address the immediate, acute health issues in Malawi, but also to increase the capacity of the healthcare sector. MediServ volunteers work hand-in-hand with Malawian healthcare workers, providing experiential training to doctors, nurses, and medical students. Volunteers also provide lectures to medical students to add robustness and information on cutting-edge medical techniques
Camp Hope, a residential summer camp and year-round support program designed for Malawian youth living with HIV, builds skills and provides psychosocial support to its campers and their guardians. Camp Hope works in collaboration with SeriousFun Children's Network and Baylor College of Medicine's Children's Foundation – Malawi to develop a unique program catered to the specific challenges these youth face.
The skills taught include:
These concepts are taught in creative and unique ways, such as camper-developed cheers to remember the names of drugs they take. Concepts taught during the summer are also reinforced at follow-up sessions throughout the year. Guardians are also exposed to complementary lessons and encouraged to support their campers throughout the year.
Through its blend of psychosocial support and traditional camp activities, Camp Hope enhance campers’ adherence to treatment and encourages them a mindset of possibility & optimism. Every program is designed to inspire a positivity and hope for their future by fostering resilience, rekindling childlike joy and curiosity, and providing a supportive community and positive role models.
Youth Living with HIV (YLHIV) in Malawi face significant challenges, including: a lack of support networks, difficulty disclosing their status, isolation, trouble coping with their status, and stigma and discrimination.
The goal of World Camp Clubs works with youth to improve community well-being by increasing knowledge of health topics, developing life and survival skills, and promoting access to available health services.
The activities are implemented address issues that specifically affect youth, as per the National Youth Policy. Some of the challenges include: unemployment; early marriages and teenage pregnancies; STIs, HIV and AIDS; poverty; inadequate access to secondary and tertiaryeducation, orphan-hood mainly due to HIV and AIDS, inadequate technical and vocational training; and marginalization and discrimination.
WCC's create an enabling environment for youth to actively and meaningfully succeed in their own (as well as) national development agendas. The Clubs work primarily to:
Equip youth with leadership and management skills
Advocate for the voiceless
Facilitate a community link to the government's extension workers
Simplify learning strategies, adding value and quality
Facilitate the enhancement of life skills
Communicate important messages to hard-to-reach communities
Transform communities by challenging the negative lifestyles youth are presented with