Society of Medical Doctors (SMD) is a professional body of Malawian Medical Doctors whose fundamental objective is to provide a vehicle through which medical doctors can support the delivery of good quality health to Malawians, especially those in great need. In early March the southern parts of Malawi were affected by massive rains and subsequent flooding.
According to the Declaration of National Disaster by Malawi Government, the affected districts include Chikwawa, Nsanje, Balaka, Blantyre, Zomba, Ntcheu, Mwanza, Machinga, Phalombe, Mangochi, Thyolo, Dedza and Neno. Over 840,000 people have been affected with approx 173 camps set up in the various districts.
In response to the recent humanitarian disaster and a declaration of emergency by the State President, SMD is deploying mobile clinics and other relief services in the affected areas. Mobile clinics began in 3 of the worst affected districts - Chikwawa, Phalombe & Nsanje the weekend of 29th March. Following this teams will then move to other districts sequentially as well as mantain ongoing presence in the districts already visited.
Over 50 Malawian doctors have volunteered to be part of the relief efforts. The doctors will split into teams spanning all the camps. Funds raised will assist in procuring medical supplies and logistics towards the medical camps during this emergency.
To facilitate transfer of donated funds to Malawi - Dr John Parks a US Family Medicine Physician currently based in Malawi - will be assisting with transfer of funds to SMD account in Malawi via an organisation known as Med Ed Exchange.