Mua Mission Hospital (MMH) is a non-profit-making health facility that offers health services in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM). The Hospital was opened by Missionaries in 1911. Today, the Diocese of Dedza is the Legal Holder and Trustee of Mua Mission Hospital.
In the last few years, the hospital has been able to upgrade most of its facilities, thanks to the very welcome and very necessary assistance of donor organisations.
MMH is situated on the Lake Shore of Lake Malawi in the area of Traditional Authority Kachindamoto in the Central Region of Malawi.
The paediatric, labour and general ward have been renewed, a new operating theatre and laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment have been built. Under a new administrator, the hospital is being modernized and made financially healthy.
The MMH serves a population of approximately 28,000 people. Nevertheless, eight health centres refer to the hospital for complicated cases of patients or for further diagnosis. So, a catchment area of approximately 1500 km2 with a population of more than 130,000 people is covered.
Number of beds
The hospital has 140 beds and a maternity ward, a labour and paediatric ward, a general ward, an outpatient department, a dental clinic, a private wing, and a tuberculosis ward. It also offers laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, operating theatres, ambulance, and mortuary services.
The Quality Improvement Support Team (QIST) currently consist of 18 persons, with the matron, Mr. Sandram as chair. All the heads of departments are also part of this team.
There are also a Health Advisory Committee and a Training & Development team.
Number of doctors and teams
The number of patients is growing. Therefore, more staff is needed, but the hospital has already 2 doctors, 39 nurses and midwives, 3 laboratory technicians, 2 pharmacists, and 26 other medical personnel in various departments. So at least 72 people are currently serving MMH.
Unfortunately, the electricity supply in Malawi is erratic. Often there are power cuts, sometimes lasting more than two days at a time. Babies may be born during a blackout by the light of a phone. Laboratory, operating theatre and respiratory equipment cannot be operated without electricity. Sudden and prolonged blackouts threaten patients’.
The total amount of 30,000 euros provided by organisations was enough to buy the solar system. The Eki Fundacion from Spain has done all the technical preparations, bought the materials, organised transport and has installed the system together with the hospital technicians in October 2020.
Water supply to MMH comes from groundwater using two pumps. A solar-powered pump supplies the hospital wards, while the pump that supplies water to the staff houses uses grid electricity. The MMH water supply system is not metered as is the case with hospitals supplied with water by Malawi Water Board. Hence, an annual estimate of 4,870 cubic meters is considered. The government provides de-ironed water and 2,080 litres are consumed annually.
The operating theatres and laboratories at MMH are equipped with modern equipment, used to perform clinical, microbiological, heamatological, serological and chemical analyses. Some of this state-of-the-art equipment includes the HumaStar 200. MMH is certified to perform Covid-19 tests.