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New ambulance saving lives in Malawi, Africa

11:00 26/10/2007

A new ambulance paid for by the Health Link Malawi charity is saving lives in Africa. The Health Link Malawi initiative , pioneered by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust was launched in 2006 and has already saved lives.

The new ambulance, a converted landrover, which arrived at St Anne's Hospital in Malawi earlier this year was welcomed by staff at the hospital. Previously mums and their babies had to travel to the hospital on the back of a pick up truck, which was not only uncomfortable but also dangerous for many of the mums who may have been in labour. But thanks to the generosity of the staff at the hospitals and Coventry people, they now have a fully equipped ambulance.

Midwive Alison Searle who spend three weeks in St Anne's Hospital in Nkhotakota, Malawi said: "I have been a midwive for many years and delivered hundreds of babies, but I have never experienced anything so harrowing and upsetting as what I saw during my time in Malawi. Alison worked alongside the hospital staff who have to take care of pregnant women, children and deliver babies without even the most basic of healthcare equiment like thermometers, soap and bowls."

Interim Medical Director and consultant gynaecologist Richard Kennedy, who has also visited the Nkhotakota hospitals says: "Already thanks to the generosity of Coventry people we have been able to purchase the converted ambulance, as well as donating redundant equipment from our old hospitals which was desperately needed, but we need to continue to fundraise because we know that even a small amount can make such a very big difference."

The Trust is also selling Christmas Cards to support Health Link Malawi. The Christmas Cards cost £2.95 for a pack of 10 cards of which over £1 going to the charity. If you would like to support Health Link Malawi you can send a cheque made payable to Health Link Malawi, Charitable Funds Manager, University Hospital, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2DX. If you would like to purchase a pack of the christmas cards telephone 024 7686 4000 and ask for Chaplain Simon Betteridge.

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