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EMMS Launches Malawi Campaign

The launch of the Every Life Matters campaign by the David Livingstone statue in Princes Street Gardens. From left: David Dewhurst, Director of Finance, EMMS International; Prof Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh; Cassie Wood, volunteer at EMMS International; Elaine Motion, Chair of Trustees, EMMS International; Katie Allan, Fundraiser, EMMS International; Niamh Woodier, volunteer at EMMS International; James Wells, Chief Executive, EMMS International


Friday November 10 2017

Edinburgh-based charity EMMS International has launched a new campaign to improve healthcare in Malawi.

The campaign, Every Life Matters, has the backing of the UK government which will match donations from the public.

Children in Malawi with cancer spend their days in pain and hunger because poverty puts pain relief, quality healthcare and even basic food out of reach.

In Malawi, cancer diagnoses have more than doubled in the last decade. By 2021, an estimated 180,000 patients and their families will need palliative care. Across Africa, cancer cases are increasing rapidly, placing a further burden on already stretched health services.

The Every Life Matters campaign will raise money to train more healthcare workers, improve access to healthcare for 10,000 patients and support 50,000 family members to grow their own food.

James Wells, Chief Executive, EMMS International, said: “Every life matters and no life should be wasted in hunger and pain, especially that of a child. However, that is all too often the case in Malawi. This campaign gives us a wonderful opportunity to change this and end preventable suffering, thanks to the generosity of the public and match funding from the UK government.”

The campaign is being promoted by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

It was launched in front of the David Livingstone statue in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens last week. Livingstone was a medical pioneer in Malawi and a corresponding member of EMMS International’s earliest iteration, the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society.

Professor Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said: "It is staggering that cancer diagnoses are rising so rapidly and that so many patients will require palliative care in the future, yet the healthcare system in Malawi faces such significant challenges in terms of funding and the accessibility of health services. 

“I want to ensure that every life matters and I hope that this campaign can go some way towards improving the provision of healthcare in the country and alleviating some of the issues faced by patients, their families, and healthcare workers alike.”

Mike McKirdy, the Director for Global Health for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow added: “The College is very aware of the great health need in Malawi from our own work with partners there, and so welcomes this opportunity to support the “Every Life Matters” campaign and this most worthwhile palliative care project.”

Find more information and donate to the campaign here.


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Comments

Terri Jimenez - Thursday, July 29th, 2021

“Where do I find volunteer opportunities?
Terri Jimenez
Former Independent Missionary
CEO Yamikani House Orphan Home and Day Care project
Malawi East Africa
2006-2008 Independent Bible Instructor, Natural Health Public Educator
1994 -2000 ADRA International DANIDA, Danish Aide recipient ”


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