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.
Nkhamanga is a 60-year-old maize farmer. He and his wife live in a small village in rural Malawi, and they have seven children and thirteen grandchildren One year ago, Nkhamanga began to develop difficulty urinating. His condition worsened over time, to the point that he now has to be catheterized to go to the restroom. This severely impairs his ability to farm and provide for his family. Upon arrival at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital, Nkhamanga was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as an enlarged prostate. Nkhamanga is scheduled to receive treatment on January 19. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $726 to cover the cost of the operation and post-op care. After surgery, Nkhamanga is expected to make a full recovery and return to daily life without the discomfort he has been experiencing this last year. "I needed this surgery very much," Nkhamanga says. "This is a bad problem. Now, I will be fine!"
Alena is a 42-year-old woman from central Malawi. She lives with her husband and five children on their small groundnut farm. When not caring for her children, sweeping, and cooking, Alena loves spending time with her family and chatting with her neighbors. One year ago, Alena began to experience severe pelvic pain and bleeding. Upon arrival at our medical partner's care center, it was discovered that she has cervical cancer. Doctors recommended that she undergo a hysterectomy as soon as possible. Alena is scheduled to receive treatment on January 19. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $643 to cover the cost of the operation, medication, and seven nights of hospital stay. After recovery, Alena looks forward to returning home to her family, living free of cancer and pain. "I am very ready for the operation," she says. "And I am so thankful Watsi was here to help me."
Malaki is a 59-year-old hospital attendant from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together they have five children. When not attending to his hospital duties, Malaki likes to farm maize and spend time with his wife. In July of 2016, Malaki noticed an uncomfortable mass on his chest. The mass began to cause him discomfort, so he traveled to our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. It was discovered that he had an epigastric hernia, which occurs when tissue pushes through the abdominal wall. A repair surgery is scheduled for January 24. This treatment costs much more than Malaki and his wife can afford, so they were happy to learn about Watsi. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to fund the treatment. "Thank you for introducing me to Watsi!" says Malaki.
Moffat is a 56-year-old farmer from the village of Breiekeni, located in central Malawi. Moffat lives with his wife, and together they have five children and four grandchildren. Besides working his farm, Moffat keeps his own goats and enjoys being with his wife. One month ago, Moffat started experiencing urinary difficulty, which hindered his work. At our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital, doctors discovered Moffat has an enlarged prostate. He needs surgery to allow him to live his life normally. With the help of our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, Moffat is scheduled to receive surgery on January 24. He will undergo a prostate resection to remove part of his prostate. He needs help to fund this $726 procedure. Once Moffat has his prostate surgery, he is expected to make a full recovery. He says, "I give thanks to Watsi that I am able to go to surgery!"
Haswell is an energetic 72-year-old farmer from a village located in the Central Region of Malawi. In his 72 years, Haswell and his wife have been blessed with six children and thirteen grandchildren. He spends much of his day working on building projects. In his down time, his favorite thing to do is talk with his wife, who he affectionately refers to as "my one beloved." Three weeks ago, Haswell started experiencing urinary dysfunction. These troubling symptoms brought Haswell to our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital, where he was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. If left untreated, this condition can lead to urinary retention, bladder infections or stones, or kidney damage. Physicians have recommended a minimally invasive procedure known as a prostate resection, in which part of the prostate will be removed. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, has requested $726 to fund Haswell's procedure, scheduled for February 2. Haswell is looking forward to his surgery, saying, "I am happy to have surgery. I will have peace of mind".
Fyness is a 45-year-old mother of three from Malawi. After the loss of her husband, Fyness became the sole provider for her family. She works hard to support and raise her children. After developing troubling symptoms, Fyness went to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Physicians have scheduled her for a hysterectomy, a surgical operation to remove all or part of the uterus. The surgery is scheduled for February 7. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, has requested $643 to fund the procedure. This surgery should improve Fyness's current symptoms and protect her from further spreading of the cancer. "I give thanks to Watsi," she says.
Judith is a vibrant, independent 49-year-old woman from Malawi. She lives alone, but she is very close with her extended family, especially her sister. Judith likes to spend time with her sister and friends. She also enjoys reading her Bible. Judith has been experiencing gynecological issues for a large part of her adult life. Unfortunately, in the last six months, her condition has worsened. She has developed very uncomfortable symptoms, including irregular bleeding. At our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital, Judith was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Though these fibrous growths are not cancerous, Judith needs a hysterectomy to relieve her symptoms and ensure that the fibroids do not return. During the hysterectomy, surgeons will remove all or part of her uterus. $643 will cover the costs of this operation. After recovering from her surgery, Judith will be able to return to a normal life. She says, "I am looking forward to being a new me!"
Mussah is a 49-year-old man from the Central Region of Malawi. He is married and lives with his wife. When he is not busy working on his farm, Mussah enjoys talking with friends. In November, Watsi funded a [prostate removal surgery](https://watsi.org/profile/06620eb3675a-mussah) for Mussah. The procedure was successful. Two weeks ago, Mussah developed a noticeable hernia that began causing him a great deal of pain. Again, he visited our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. There, he will undergo a hernia repair surgery on February 7. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to fund his care. Mussah says, “I am in a lot of pain and need to have this surgery.”
William is a 71-year-old man from the Central Region of Malawi. He is a farmer who lives with his wife and extended family. When not working or doing chores, Williams likes to play with his grandchildren. Four months ago, he began to experience urinary dysfunction. William was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. On February 7, he will undergo a prostate removal surgery at our medical partner's hospital, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $726 to fund his care. William says, "I am thankful that Watsi can help me have this surgery."
Andrew is a 79-year-old man from the Central Region of Malawi. He is a farmer who lives with his wife and extended family. When not working on the farm, Andrew loves to spend time with his grandchildren. For six years, Andrew has been in pain due to an enlarged prostate. The pain sometimes prevents him from working. On February 7, he will undergo a prostate removal surgery at our medical partner's hospital, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $726 to fund his care. Andrew says, “I am so happy to finally get surgery.”
Robert is a 69-year-old man from a rural village in Malawi. He has nine children and lives on a farm. He spends his days collecting firewood, playing with his twelve grandchildren, and going to his church. Two years ago, Robert began to experience difficult and painful urinary symptoms. Over time, the condition has grown worse, eventually hindering his ability to work and play with his family. "I am in much pain and I need this surgery," Robert says. "Thanks to Watsi, I will get my procedure!" Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to cover the cost of a prostate resection surgery. The operation is scheduled for February 15 at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Robert is expected to make a full recovery.
Elija is a 62-year-old man from the Central Region of Malawi. Elija lives with his wife, and together they have ten children and 23 grandchildren. Elija's family owns a small farm. He likes to spend time with his many grandchildren. For the past six months, Elija has experienced painful and difficult urinary symptoms. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate gland. On February 15, Elija will undergo prostate surgery. When introduced to Watsi, Elija and his family were overjoyed. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund this life-changing operation. Elija says, "I give thanks to Watsi, and I have hope that now my problem will come to an end."