Imaging the World is proud to donate modern ultrasound equipment, training and supervisory tele-radiology services to the Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care (MJC), a state-of-the-art pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi’s commercial capital of Blantyre. Dr. Eric Borgstein, pediatric surgeon and director of MJC was present to receive the ultrasound system.
With a mission to lead the region in pediatric surgical and intensive care, the Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care formally opened on July 11, 2017. The opening ceremony was led by President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Raising Malawi’s founder, Madonna Ciccone.
The ultrasound equipment will significantly improve services at the Mercy James Centre, which includes three operating theatres and Malawi’s first pediatric intensive care unit and a 50-bed ward. Karen Checuti, a visiting pediatric radiologist at MJC, immediately put the system to use and noted,” it has already made such a huge impact on our practice.”
In addition to serving more children, this facility will become a training center of excellence for Southern Africa, with more local doctors acquiring the skills needed to perform point of care ultrasound and pediatric surgery. In a country with only four pediatric surgeons and 50% of the population under 15 years old, this equipment will help local doctors make a significant difference in the lives of Malawian children.