LION Hand Unit
Lilongwe Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery
Malawi has the 9th highest rate of road traffic deaths in the world. For every death, there are 25 non-fatal injuries causing permanent disability which can effect whole families and lead to poverty and dependency.
The Lilongwe Institute of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery (LION) is a new purpose built healthcare facility for treating injured Malawi patients free of charge. It is attached to the Kamuzu Central Hospital, in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi, which serves a catchment population of several million people.
How we will help? For five years, the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) and the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) will assist LION in the delivery of treatment for elective and traumatic conditions of the hand.
We will devote BSSH and BAHT volunteers, who will dedicate weeks and months assisting in the running of specialist hand clinics and regular hand trauma and elective lists, while promoting sustainability through education and training of local colleagues. All of this comes at a cost, and with your help, we hope to be able to deliver our promise of support to our friends and colleagues in Malawi.
Anything you can give will be greatly received, and help transform the lives of those who have been affected by hand trauma and disability in a limited resource setting.
LION aspires to become self-sufficient in the provision of specialist hand services by the end of the project. Click here to read more on the official LION website, and to learn more about their new hospital opening in 2022.
Help us heal the Hands of Malawi, and our volunteer hand surgeons & therapists.
Please donate what you can!