What We Are Doing in Malawi
Canadian Directors of the K2 Foundation working together with Malawian NGO’s to provide Health Care services to the rural poor of Malawi.
Grandmother raising granddaughter as both parents died of AIDS.
K2 Foundation is a volunteer run, registered Canadian charity in Burnaby, B.C., Canada. We were established in 2009 as the K2 Fasteners Inc’s charitable foundation. K2 Foundation focuses on providing services to HIV affected individuals, patients in need of palliative care, free health clinics in rural areas and testing for cervical cancer in Malawi. We work in collaboration with Malawian NGOs, District Health Offices and hospitals to provide these free services to rural villagers living in poverty. Malawi is consistently ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world. The national HIV rate is roughly 11%, palliative care services are limited, and Cervical Cancer rates are the highest in the world. We envision a world with better health care facilities for the poor to prevent unnecessary suffering.
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment
Our original focus was providing free health care services and support to the rural poor of Malawi affected by the AIDS crisis. K2 Foundation works in partnership with Malawian NGOs K2-TASO, Nancholi Youth Organization (NAYO), and other health care and government agencies to deliver health care to rural communities in Malawi. Examples of services provided include education, stigma reduction, testing and counselling, provision and distribution of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART), group therapy, clinical treatment, nutritional, agricultural and hygiene support. This continues as a key element of the services we provide.
Over 700 patients accessing free health care in one day at our remote clinic.
The K2 Foundation in partnership with NDI Moyo Palliative Care Center is training home based Palliative Care Medical personnel in end of life care and applying these graduates to our NGO and CBO partners in Malawi. The photo shows a Beneficiary with advanced Cervical Cancer receiving food supplements and other necessities such as soap, bed mat and blanket along with medications to eliminate pain. These patients are routinely visited to ensure that all of their needs are met with compassion, nutrition, comfort, pain relief, and counselling. This is done in the patients home with the support of family and community.
The K2 Foundation is training health care professionals (Clinicians and Nurses) in the VIA procedure for screening of Cervical Cancer. This method uses common acetic acid (Vinegar) to indicate precancerous cervical lesions. Training is graciously provided by Dr. Mary-Sue Makin of Daeyang Luke Hospital who donated a Cervix Cold Coagulator for the removal of precancerous lesions. Malawi has the highest rate of Cervical Cancer in the world and VIA screening can prevent more serious outcomes.
Medicines for Our Partners in Malawi
In 2017, the K2 Foundation in partnership with Health Partners International of Canada (HPI) airlifted several skids of medicines to our NGO’s in Malawi. This was significantly increased in 2018 and in 2019 we airlifted a total of 9 skids weighing close to 4,000 pounds to Malawi. HPI works in partnership with large Pharma in Canada to assemble free medications for distribution to the developing world. These medicines are prescribed by medical professionals at no cost to the rural poor of Malawi. Our thanks go out to HPI and Canadian Pharma Companies for their generous gifts of life-saving medications!
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