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.
Jolamy is a 75-year-old man from a village in Malawi. He and his wife have four children and eleven grandchildren, and together they run a small farm. When not fetching firewood and tending to this farm, Jolamy enjoys relaxing and chatting with his village friends. One year ago, Jolamy started experiencing trouble while using the restroom. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which has impacted his ability to live and work comfortably. Jolamy is scheduled to receive prostate surgery on January 5 at our medical partner's hospital, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $726 to fund this procedure. Jolamy says, "I have accepted surgery, and I am thankful for Watsi and the Nkhoma staff." Once Jolamy undergoes his prostate surgery, he is expected to return to his farm and family to live a healthy life.
Chimkuyu is an 89-year-old maize farmer from Malawi. He has three children and lives with some of his grandchildren. When he is not tending to his farm or doing chores, Chimkuyu likes to spend his free time playing with his young grandchildren. Four months ago, Chimkuyu started experiencing urinary discomfort. He went to our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital, and was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, or prostate enlargement. He is scheduled to receive a prostate resection on January 10, and our medical partner is requesting $726 to fund his treatment. "I have had a lot of fear," says Chimkuyu. "I want to live a normal life." Chimkuyu's prognosis once surgery is complete is excellent, and he is looking forward to going home to his farm and family after his surgery.
Julia is a 55-year-old widow from Malawi. She lives with one of her five children and has ten grandchildren. She runs a small groundnut and maize farm with her family. When she is not farming, she likes cooking, playing with her grandchildren, and chatting with her friends. One year ago, Julia began to experience pelvic pain and bleeding. As a result, she was unable to work on her farm and felt very weak. She went to our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital, where she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Julia needs a total abdominal hysterectomy, a surgery that will remove her uterus. Once her surgery is complete, she is expected to be cancer-free and make a full recovery. The surgery is scheduled for January 17, and our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $643 to fund the treatment. "I need God to be my hope during surgery, and I give thanks to the Watsi team," says Julia.
Nephitali is a 39-year-old farmer from Malawi. When he is not working on his family's small farm or as a driver, he likes to spend time with his wife and two children and chat with his village friends. Two months ago, Nephtali began to experience great pain in his abdomen. He developed a swelling in the region and was unable to dig or do any heavy lifting, making his work on the farm much more difficult. Nephitali came to our medical partner’s care center, Nkhoma Hospital, and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. He will undergo surgery on January 17. “I have no fear of the procedure,” he says. “I am just ready for surgery!” Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to cover the cost of the operation, medication, and six nights of hospital stay. Once his hernia surgery is complete, Nephitali is expected to make a full recovery and live a normal life.
Meet Catherine, a 32-year-old married mother and small business owner from a village in Malawi. When she is not working, Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She also enjoys reading the Bible. Catherine recently started experiencing unexpected bleeding and pelvic pain. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Catherine requires $643 to fund a hysterectomy to save her life. She will undergo this procedure on January 17. As she is young and healthy, surgeons expect Catherine to make a full recovery. Catherine thanks Watsi and prays "that the operation is a success and everything goes well."
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!"