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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love how Kaylyn practically broke down everything that the hospital was wasting in order to do a proper needs assessment- and save money for the hospital:

    "This morning I sat down with the Maintenance Supervisor and Medical Engineer at Bwaila Hospital to go line-by-line through an exhaustive inventory of spare parts.Half inch galvanized sockets? Cut the quantity by half. Thousand-watt theatre halogen bulbs? Essential. Nine-volt rechargeable batteries? We will make do without. It was tedious, frustrating, and probably the most important meeting I’ve had so far this year.As part of our work under the Ministry of Health’s Reproductive Health Directorate, my co-fellow Esnatt Gondwe and I have been drafting a grant proposal that would provide up to 30 million Malawian kwacha worth of medical equipment, administrative goods, and maintenance necessities to Bwaila’s staff.While 30 million initially sounded like a huge sum, a quick needs assessment determined that Bwaila Hospital, the tier-two referral facility for over 1 million people in Lilongwe district, was facing a budget shortfall of more than eight times that amount. To fit the parameters of the grant, therefore, we had to drastically slash each department’s proposed budget – which meant going back to the drawing board with the maintenance team."