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APPEAL FOR FUNDING TO SUPPORT PALLIATIVE CARE AT TIYANJANE AND UMODZI CLINIC-

Palliative Care is all about looking after patients with life limiting illnesses, relieving their suffering and supporting them through difficult times.  The main objective is to improve the quality of life.

People affected by life limiting illnesses (such as Cancer, stroke, heart diseases and HIV) often feel hopeless and society neglects them. In their deprived situation, they suffer from excruciating pain and other problems such as lack of food, soap, clothes, beddings, supportive devices, and social isolation.  Palliative Care adds life and value to such lifeless situations, restoring hope and function, providing relief from pain and indignity of the prolonged suffering.  Even when cure is not possible, there is much that can be done.

Palliative Care service is available at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital through Tiyanjane and Umodzi Palliative Care Clinics and are accessible for free.  Palliative Care Support Trust was established in 2005 to support the provision of palliative care and enable the clinics access external funding and to scale up their activities.  Some of the activities include home visits for patients who are too sick to travel or too far from the hospital; orients Social workers and spiritual leaders to support people in the community; offers theoretic knowledge and hands on clinical placement for Clinicians and nurses; and also specialist knowledge.  Our skilled staff members are able to add evidence based practice to those who are starting out through mentorship and supervision programs

Currently, our latest 3 year grant providing mentorship and support finishes in June 2021.  Our reserves are also depleted.  Without additional support most of our key staff members will be forces to leave the service. 

We need your support to help the patients in the following areas:

£15 (MWK17, 250)          Nutritional Supplement (Likuni Phala) and patients hygiene (soap and other toiletries), or return transport to the hospital for review

£50 (MWK57, 500)          Palliative Care Drugs (Diazepam, Baclofen 10mg, Amitriptyline 25mg Tabs, Dexamethasone 2mg Tabs, Metoclopramide 10mg etc.) to supplement the Government’s limited stocks

£100 (MWK115, 000)      Home visit cost for 4-5 patients / trip

                                        Mattresses for 3 patients or Adult diapers packs for 3patients (monthly)

£250 (MWK287, 500)      Introduction to Palliative Care training for 1 nurse/ Clinician to ensure access to the service in hard to reach areas (Once off)

£550 (MWK632, 500)      One Palliative Care clinical staff cost (monthly). 

Mentorship sessions to a facility with trained personnel who are starting up (Annual). 

£2,500(MWK2, 875,000) Tuition fees for 1 BSc. Palliative care medical student (Annual)

You can make your donation through our Bank accounts as follows: 

Bank:                           National Bank of Malawi; Chichiri Service Centre; P.O. Box 30365, Chichiri, Blantyre3, Malawi

Account Name:            Palliative Care Support

Account Numbers:       FCDA (GBP)-358088; FCDA (US$)-387959

                                       Current account (MWK) 441608

In the UK via Hospice Africa UK ( Please state for ‘PCST/Malawi’ in the Optional Message box).  Please contact Pat Linnel, Treasurer

For more information please contact Deliwe Kacheche – Head of Operations on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. M Jane Bates on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To donate online by credit card: go to the ‘My donate’ site for Hospice Africa UK. It has no annual charge and the only deductions are for card fees and bank transfers, which are usually less than 20 pence per donation. and in the message say the donation is for Tiyanjane Clinic or Umodzi Palliative Care.

To donate money to the work of Tiyanjane Clinic or Umodzi Palliative Care from the UK: write a Sterling cheque payable to ‘Hospice Africa’, write a cover letter to say that the money is for TIYANJANE CLINIC or UMODZI PALLIATIVE CARE send cheque and cover letter to :

Professor Ken Holden
Honorary Treasurer, Hospice Africa
67 Menlove Avenue
Liverpool L18 2EH

(for UK taxpayers, gift aid can be claimed on your donation if you provide the necessary Gift Aid declaration. This is simply “I am a UK tax payer and I would like this donation (and any future donations) to Hospice Africa to be under the Gift Aid scheme” together with your full name and your UK address.) For Malawian residents, you can donate towards Palliative Care Support through the following account details:Bank: National Bank of Malawi, Account Number: 413957,Account Name PCST, Chichiri Service Center.

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