Version February 8th 2018
USE OF RESOURCES (1993–2015)
The total revenue of Pro Phalombe between its inception in 1993 to 2015 amounted to more then 1,7 million Swiss Francs. With these funds various projects have been completed. Approximately CHF 400'000.– has been used on medical emergency supplies and primary care, CHF 93'000 on educational sponsorship for hospital staff and CHF 1 Mio. has been spent on infrastructure projects.
The important basis of any development at the hospital was the financing of an infrastructure plan. This resulted in water drilling and the renewal of electricity facilities. Both were fundamentally essential projects to improve the situation. In the past we were very proud to build the new Children's Ward, the new Operating Theatre and the conversion of the 25 to 45 year old women's and men's ward.
In the field of health care two key points need to be mentioned:
Hospital equipment: This is another important part of our assistance. The supplied equipment must be simple to use and to repair and if possible ordered within the country. In some instances, the instrumentation required is not available or prohibitively expensive so that it has to be ordered from Europe.
Often there is a transportation problem. If drugs and devices have to be sent by ship there is always the risk of them being spoiled or damaged due to hold ups at the border crossings or adverse weather conditions. Therefore for delicate items the only delivery mode is by airfreight, whereby we get favourable rates by drug companies and airlines.
Administritive costs for Pro Phalombe are kept at the lowest possible level. The costs involve a minimal amount for advertising, postages and banking fees. Committee members all volunteer for their work and get no renumeration, they pay for their own travel to Malawi. The average cost of administration and advertising between 1993–2015 amounted to just 3.5%!
Looking ahead to the future
The hospital is still far from being able to operate independently. There is a constant shortage of funds in Malawi as well as Phalombe hospital for further implementation of much needed improvements.
The association will continue to try to make other organisations aware of the situation in Malawi and hopefully, in a joint effort, raise the standard of health care at the Phalombe hospital.