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Weʼre raising £20,000 to improve mental health in Malawi by training an occupational therapist for Zomba mental hospital

Zomba, Malawi

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Occupational Therapy for Mental Health in Malawi

I am not an adventurous person but a year ago, having retired from the NHS, I went out to Malawi to teach psychiatry to the medical undergraduates. In the past year I have spent three months in Malawi and much of that time at Zomba Mental Hospital which is the only government mental hospital in the country. With barely any medical resource, no psychology or social work and an occupational therapy (OT) department without a trained OT, the hospital nevertheless manages to look after around 250 people with severe psychotic illnesses, postpartum psychosis and severe depression. It is impressive and humbling. One of the most impressive aspects of the hospital is the OT department which was set up by Mr Nkosi who retired 2 years ago. Since then John Konje has taken over as head of department but he is untrained and desperate to become qualified and learn more.
I know from long experience the burden that mental illness places on people and their families and, whilst medicines can improve symptoms, having a meaningful life and meaningful activity is equally important and multidisciplinary team working gives people the best chance of recovery staying well.

There is no way John could raise money for his training and so I want to raise the funds for his training in Zambia (there is no occupational therapy training in Malawi) and this is the start of my fundraising. If 50 people give £10 a month for 4 years that would pay for his training and the beginning of a new era of therapeutic interventions in Malawi, the warm heart of Africa.
Any contributions will be very welcome.

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  • Ruth Mclachlan7 months ago
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    7 months ago
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    8 months ago

    Elaine, thank you so much xx

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Page last updated on: 8/3/2018 11:38 AM



  • Anonymous


    Aug 3, 2018

    Thanks for a great Malawi evening and good luck with the fundraising

  • Sarah Penny

    Sarah Penny

    Jul 29, 2018

    Very happy to support you with this beneficial venture Ruth! X


  • Nichola Horrell

    Nichola Horrell

    May 23, 2018

    Well done Ruth, such a worthy cause and one close to your heart x


  • Jane Stuart

    Jane Stuart

    May 11, 2018

    Sounds like this will improve the lives of many people. Good luck!


  • Lindsay Mizen

    Lindsay Mizen

    May 2, 2018

    Having seen the great work of the Occupational Therapy Department at Zomba Mental Hospital with you Ruth, I agree that it would be fantastic to enable John to formally train. Good luck! Lindsay

  • Jeanette Collins

    Jeanette Collins

    Apr 26, 2018

    hope you can reach your target Ruth x

  • Steve and Elaine Monto

    Steve and Elaine Monto

    Apr 25, 2018

    Let’s get this fundraising started!!!


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Ruth Mclachlan

Ruth Mclachlan

Zomba, Malawi

I am a retired psychiatrist and spent my working life looking after people with schizophrenia. After retiring I went out to Malawi with SMMHEP (Scotland Malawi mental health education project) and am now a trustee of this charity. My email address is

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