Chairman’s Corner: The Future of Health in Malawi

An Update from Chairman Y.K. Chung

The work of the Miracle for Africa Foundation is one of the greatest joys in my life. It all started with gathering dedicated people and philanthropic resources to elevate health in Malawi. Through our Daeyang Luke Hospital, we have been providing medical services to approximately 150,000 patients and overseen births of more than 2,000 infants every year since 2008.

A decade later, we are setting our course towards a strong, vibrant future in the country.

What is Next for Daeyang Luke Hospital

Our next phase includes securing overseas medical specialists, training more nurses, and acquiring new medical equipment for higher quality services. Even as I write this, we are procuring a new C/T scanner, which will have incredible impact in our hospital. From May of this year, we have been identifying urgent needs and prioritizing our procurement accordingly.

Perhaps most incredibly in the coming year, we will launch our first phase our new 500-bed teaching hospital. The first phase includes 100 beds to be completed by the first half of 2019. In this new hospital, we will also launch our first internship program with the graduating cohort of the MBBS degree program. It is a source of great pride for us to have the second teaching hospital in country, knowing what that means for the future of health in Malawi.

What is Next Beyond Daeyang Luke Hospital

A new hospital in Mzuzu will join the teaching hospital in Lilongwe. Situated in the north of the country, this hospital will be completed in the second half of this year to expand our healthcare services. This is essential in fulfill our mission to advance health in Malawi, because it will feature in a nation-wide hospital network.

More than this, we will continue to focus outside of the hospital setting to provide healthcare. This means reaching into rural, doctor-less areas. Bringing medical benefits here means we will reach people who would otherwise be without care. We will also build two to three year studies that will guide services in the most effective way.

Of course, this is just a snapshot of our work. Outside of our focus on health in Malawi, we continue to build educational, agricultural, and technology programs.

I look forward to future Chairman’s Corner messages to tell you all about the exciting work at the Miracle for Africa Foundation!