Raising Malawi

On July 11, His Excellency President Peter Mutharika and Madonna opened the Mercy James Centre for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, the first of its kind in Malawi. The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Health and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital as well as partners and benefactors from around the world who traveled to Malawi to celebrate the milestone. His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Madonna toured the Mercy James Centre, including the three operating theatres and Malawi’s first paediatric intensive care unit, and greeted patients in the 50-bed ward. Called the “pride of Malawi” by His Excellency, the opening ceremony was a celebration of the partnership between Malawi’s Ministry of Health and the global and local partners that made the Mercy James Centre possible. Raising Malawi’s long-term partner, Professor Eric Borgstein, called the Mercy James Centre “a game-changer for Malawi.”