Education for Solomon

In the summer of 2018, 5 medical students from 2 different UK universities undertook their electives at a small local hospital in rural Malawi - the third poorest country in Africa, but a wonderful place. We experienced first-hand a healthcare system that could not be more opposite to the one we are all used to. Some of the issues we faced included lack of resources, lack of education and managing complicated diseases. Patients have to pay for the care they receive, and the nearest district hospital is a 30 minute journey away.
 
During our time here, we met Solomon Jenala, a clinical officer who took us under his wing and guided us through our placement. It struck us just how much Solomon cared about his patients and the care they received. Solomon is a 24 year old, who trained for 3 years to earn his diploma. He has been working at his current hospital for coming up to 5 months. During his time away from the hospital, Solomon runs a local youth club allowing children to participate in activities such as sport and music. He also teaches the children about basic first aid. Even on his days off, he is more than happy to be called if any member of staff needs assistance. There is no doubt that Solomon is passionate about his work and is driven to make a difference to the lives of the people in his community.
 
Clinical officers in Malawi have the chance to upgrade their qualification. Solomon has dreams of upgrading his diploma which will give him a chance to gain a qualification in public health and deliver better care to those that need it.

He also has an interest in obstetrics and gynaecology and is keen to learn about how to decrease maternal death rates and complications because of a medication called oxytocin which women source locally to speed up labour. He hopes that by gaining his public health qualification he will be able to educate communities and help people on a wider scale.

 
In order to upgrade, Solomon is hoping to enrol onto a two-year course. The cost of the course is 1,000,000 Kwacha per year - roughly £1000 per year. This is no easy feat for someone working in Malawi and so we hope to try and raise this money for Solomon to allow him a chance to pursue his dreams. We can all agree that we haven’t met a person that deserves this as much as Solomon. He really wants to make a difference to the people of Malawi and the healthcare they receive, and we believe he really deserves a chance to.
 
Please consider donating to this worthy cause, every little bit will count. Thank you so much for visiting our page.
 
Amy, Ade, Millie, Inari and Baryab (and of course Solomon!)

Donations

  • Gary Thompson 
    • £6 
    • 7 mos
  • Gary Thompson 
    • £8 
    • 14 mos
  • Elaine Foster 
    • £20 
    • 15 mos
  • Gary Thompson 
    • £5 
    • 15 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £7 
    • 16 mos
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Fundraising team (3)

Amy Green 
Organizer
Raised £601 from 17 donations
Withington, North West England, United Kingdom
Baryab Zahra 
Team member
Raised £115 from 3 donations
Inari Kolu 
Team member
Raised £85 from 5 donations
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