Malawi is a small state belonging to the South African region. It is one of the poorest in the world and has a population of around 17 million people. The state of the medical industry, as in many other African countries, is unsatisfactory. Formally, medical care is free. However, in practice, there are few medical institutions in the country. And most hospitals are located in large cities. Therefore, wealthy locals and tourists are forced to use paid private medical services if necessary.
The state of medicine in Malawi
The level of medical care for the local population is extremely low and ranks one of the last in the world. People here constantly suffer from such special data epidemiological diseases: such as malaria, tropical fever, dysentery, cholera, and tuberculosis. According to statistics, 11.3% of the country's population is infected with HIV. Furthermore, due to the constant lack of food and drinking water, 25% of children under 5 years of age are underweight.
Around 80% of doctors working in the country conduct their practice in large cities. In rural areas there is a lack not only of doctors, but also of medical equipment and medicines. The shortage of doctors and mid-level health professionals, as well as the unsatisfactory state of medicine in Malawi, have led international health organizations to invite specialists from other countries. However, in practice, few foreigners want to come to this country.
List of Top Hospitals in Malawi
Taking into account the above, it can be stated that a foreigner who is faced with health problems will be obliged to seek qualified medical care in the country's large cities. There are several professional clinics with qualified doctors and the necessary medical equipment.
Central State Medical Institutions:
- Kamuzu Central Hospital. A specialized medical establishment located in the city of Lilongwe. Officially designed for 780 seats. However, the establishment is always crowded. Around 5 million people are treated there every year. Including neighboring countries - Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, and Tanzania. The advantage of the hospital is the availability of modern equipment and medicines.