World Altering Medicine is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of rural communities in Africa.
World Altering Medicine works with hospitals in underserved communities in Malawi, providing life-saving medical supplies, medical volunteers, training, and infrastructure, and developing long term relationships with communities. WAM’s goal is to provide the tools and resources needed to save lives, improve outcomes, and elevate overall health and well-being.
World Altering Medicine is praised for its commitment to community-driven impact and transparency, and is supported by medical professionals from George Washington University, UCSF, and Stanford. Learn more about WAM on its website.
John is a 66-year-old farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife. Together, they have ten children and twelve grandchildren. He works as a maize farmer and also keeps chickens. When not working, John likes to spend time at his church and with his friends. For the past three months John has been experiencing urinary dysfunction. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate gland is enlarged and blocks the urethra, making it difficult to go to the restroom. On February 16, John will undergo a prostatectomy—a procedure in which part of the prostate is removed—at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for $733 to fund John's hospital stay, physician's fees, and medication. When told about the Watsi program, John and his family were overjoyed. "When I get better I can farm again and enjoy my time in church!" says John.
Synet is an 86-year-old man from the village of Mawadenga in Malawi. Synet lives with his wife, and together they have six children and twenty grandchildren. Synet and his family have a small farm. When not busy with his farm, Synet likes to spend time with his grandchildren. For the past year, Synet has been having difficulty urinating. This problem has caused him weakness and pain and has prevented him from working. He was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. On February 15, Synet will undergo prostate surgery. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund his care. Synet and his family were very happy to learn about Watsi. Synet says, "I am very thankful to Watsi."
Selemani is a 45-year-old farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife. Together, they have six children and four grandchildren. Selemani stays very busy working on his farm and building public works for his village. When not working, Selemani likes to relax and chat with his friends. For several years, Selemani has experienced urinary dysfunction. He has undergone serval procedures to help his condition, but they have not proven successful. Recently, he was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate gland is enlarged and blocks the urethra, making it difficult to use the restroom. On February 16, Selemani will undergo a prostate resection—a procedure in which part of the prostate gland is removed—at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for $733 to fund this treatment. "I have been very sick and if this operation goes well, my life will change for the better," says Selemani.
Lifa is a 65-year-old farmer from Malawi. He lives in a village with his wife. They have 11 children and 15 grandchildren. Lifa and his family have a small farm. When he is not working his land, Lifa enjoys gardening and chatting with his friends and family. Three months ago, Lifa started having difficulty urinating. This problem left him in pain, feeling weak, and unable to work. It was discovered that Lifa needs prostate surgery. On February 17, his doctors will perform prostate surgery so that he can be free of pain and able to work again. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund the treatment Lifa needs. Lifa shares, "I am giving everything to the hands of the Lord, and I am giving thanks to Watsi."
Meet Peter, a 66-year-old farmer from the Central Region of Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together they have six children and eight grandchildren. Peter loves to sing in his free time. A year ago, he started to experience pain due to an enlarged prostate gland. He has been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Peter will undergo corrective surgery at Nkhoma Hospital on February 22. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for donations to fund the $733 surgery. Peter is excited to return to his farm after surgery.
"I am very thankful to Watsi," Zefania shares. A 68-year-old farmer, Zefania lives with his wife in a village in central Malawi. Together they have six children and 17 grandchildren. When he is not working on his farm, Zefania likes to sweep the house and chat with his friends. For the past year, Zefania he been experiencing pain and difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate. His condition requires surgery to remove excess tissue, but he has been unable to afford the treatment. Fortunately, through our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, Zefania is scheduled for surgery on February 22. World Altering Medicine has requested $733 for Zefania's surgery and hospital stay. The treatment is expected to relieve Zefania's symptoms quickly. He is very grateful for the assistance, and his family is excited for him to return home.
Elise is a 55-year-old woman from Masayiti, a village in Malawi. Elise lives with her devoted husband, who is a groundnut and soy farmer. Together, they have four children and eleven grandchildren. Elise has a small business selling freezes made from frozen water and fruit juice. Elise likes to spend time with her kids and chat with friends. Three weeks ago, Elise started experiencing bleeding and discomfort in a private area. She learned that she has cervical cancer and needs a hysterectomy to remove all or part of her uterus. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, Elise is scheduled to receive her surgery on February 23. Now, she needs help to pay for this $650 procedure. Elise says, "I will be happy to return to my business and no longer be scared of my cancer."
"I really need this surgery," explains 50-year-old Yohane. Yohane is a farmer who lives with his wife in central Malawi. They have five children and eight grandchildren. When Yohane is not working on his farm, he likes to weave mats and chat with his friends. For the past year, Yohane has experienced difficulty urinating and pain due to an enlarged prostate. He has been unable to afford treatment. On February 23, Yohane will undergo a prostate resection. This is a minimally-invasive surgery to remove part of the prostate gland and improve the flow of urine through the urethra. This surgery costs $733. Yohane and his family are excited for him to recover and return home.
Lyson is a 71-year-old farmer from Malawi who lives with his wife near their children and grandchildren. In his free time, he likes to do carpentry work and listen to the radio. For the past four months, Lyson has been experiencing pain and difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate, a relatively common condition often found in older men. Though the enlargement is benign and easily treated with surgery, Lyson has not been able to access proper medical resources. If left untreated, he could be at risk of urinary tract infections and even bladder or kidney damage. $733 will pay for the costs of Lyson's operation, during which doctors will surgically remove part of the enlarged prostate gland. After the procedure, Lyson will be free of his pain and urinary symptoms. Lyson is excited to have the surgery and is looking forward to returning to farming maize and groundnuts. "I appreciate this very much," Lyson says.
Dorica is a 59-year-old woman from Malawi. Dorica lives with her husband, their five children, and six grandchildren who all help to work the family farm. Dorica spends most of her day doing chores, such as cooking and washing. In her spare time, she likes to chat with her friends and go to church. Since the beginning of this year, Dorica has been experiencing pain and heavy bleeding. She went to our medical partner’s care center, Nkhoma Hospital, where she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Dorica needs a hysterectomy, a surgery that will remove all or part of the uterus. Once her surgery is complete, she is expected to be cancer-free and make a full recovery. The surgery is scheduled for February 28, and our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund the treatment. "I need this surgery and I give thanks to Watsi for making it possible," says Dorica.
“I give you my thanks for your help,” Joaquim shares. 60-year-old Joaquim lives in Mozambique with his wife. They have a big family, with four children and six grandchildren. When he isn’t earning money by working on his maize farm, Joaquim keeps very busy building houses and other structures. In what little downtime he does have, he likes to talk with his friends. For the past three years, Joaquim has been having difficulty urinating—a problem that has caused him considerable pain, weakness, and discomfort. These symptoms are a result of his enlarged prostate gland, a condition that often affects older men. Fortunately, there is a well-established operation to help people with Joaquim’s problem. On February 28, he will undergo a prostate resection, meaning surgeons will remove a small part of the gland in order to let urine flow more easily through his urethra. Though Joaquim normally could not afford this operation, we can make it possible for him by raising $732. This will fund the cost of his procedure, as well as the accompanying medications, seventeen-day hospital stay, follow-up visit, and roundtrip travel to the hospital. When he was told that he would be able to receive his operation through the assistance of Watsi’s donors, Joaquim was overjoyed. He is relieved that he will be able to return to his life and family without dealing with the pain his prostate issues have caused him.
Ida is a 45-year-old woman who lives with her husband and five children in Malawi. She helps her husband and children tend to the family farm and does the cooking and washing. When not taking care of her home and family, Ida likes to go to church and sing with the choir. For the past three years, Ida has been dealing with an epigastric hernia, which means that part of her intestine has protruded through the upper part of her abdomen. Ida experiences constant pain in her chest, and the discomfort makes it hard for her to work. Ida is currently scheduled to undergo surgery on March 3. This procedure will repair the hernia and allow her to live a full and healthy life. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to cover the expenses of the operation. Expected to make a full recovery, Ida is looking forward to going back to work on the farm to support her family.