Adventist Health Centre Lilongwe

 

Adventist Health Centre Lilongwe (AHCL) is a non-profit institution owned by the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in Malawi and operated by Adventist Health International (AHI).

AHCL has been operating in Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe for more than 30 years. First established as a dental clinic in 1983, it later expanded to include optometry department and by 1992 they were providing treatment to 4,800 dental patients and 1,947 optometry patients.

Today they have expanded even further to include outpatient medical care as well as limited inpatient and maternity care, but there is still a long way to go. The country of Malawi is rated as the poorest country in the world as of 2015, but more critically to the Malawians is the fact that it is also among the least served medically, with only two physicians per 100,000 population. 

Within the next year, AHCL plans to expand and upgrade the current facility to include:

  • Two surgical suites
  • An endoscopy suite
  • A labor and delivery suite
  • An intensive care unit
  • Two VIP rooms

The recent decision to employ both a full-time surgeon, with endoscopy experience, and a full-time obstetrician, in addition to three general practitioners, should quickly increase our patient load. Once that occurs, the goal is to open the campus to residents in training for general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology. The initial residents will be from the sister institution, Malamulo Adventist Hospital as well as surgery residents from Loma Linda University Medical Center in California.