Surgeons treat curable diseases that frequently allow people to return to a normal, productive life. These include:

  • Congenital anomalies, such as cleft lip and palate
  • Abdominal problems such as hernias, appendicitis and bowel obstruction
  • Traumatic injuries such as collapse lungs, internal bleeding and broken bones
    • Complications of childbirth, with life-saving cesarean sections.
    • Cancer: Most Africans do not have access to radiation or chemotherapy, so surgery is the only curative option.

Donations go directly to support the MSI Mission through:

The MSI house in Lilongwe, Malawi, where visiting surgeons, anesthesiologists, residents and others stay while training KCH Surgery Residents and conducting research. Household costs are $2100/month.


  • Educational materials, such as books relevant to surgical training
  • Internet access for Surgery resident and attendings at KCH
  • Laptop computers for the Malawi Surgery residents
  • Travel expenses to bring Malawian Surgery residents to UNC for an 8 week rotation during their third year of training
  • Salary support for Malawian surgery residents

Donations to support the Malawi Residency Program can be made through The Medical Foundation of NC:

Leslie Nelson
Major Gifts Officer
880 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2600
(919) 843-5734
(919) 966-5470 (Fax)

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 Your donations to train Malawian surgeons in Malawi will have effects over many years, as our trainees continue a life long surgical career in Malawi and are critical for the continuation of the project."