The AMECA Trust
Founded by Ruthie Markus in memory of her son, Alex Coutselos, a junior doctor and serving British Army Officer in 2007, AMECA is a small but highly effective medical charity. We work from home and have no paid staff, thereby maximising donor funding. AMECA support the delivery of sustainable healthcare initiatives in Malawi, working in partnership with professionals, local organisations and local communities to ensure that these initiatives are focussed, relevant and sustainable over the long term. In Africa, we are incorporated in Malawi and have been working there since 2009. In the UK, AMECA support medical, nursing and physiotherapy students through the donation of final year Bursary Awards for elective placements in African countries. In 2011, we completed the building of a fully sustainable hospital wing at The Beit CURE International Hospital in Blantyre. May 2017 saw the official handover to the Blantyre District Health Office of a beautiful primary healthcare clinic, an ambulance and 3 high quality staff houses, sited at Chilaweni, S Lunzu. In addition we have donated 2 further ambulances, anaesthetic machines and huge amounts of surgical and other medical equipment. AMECA has also facilitated and hosted visits from many UK surgeons who have provided surgical training to clinical officers in district and mission hospitals at their own expense. For more information on our work, visit http://ameca.org.uk/
AMECA impact by working in partnership with the Department of Health and by only supporting initiatives that are community driven. AMECA's clinic provides primary healthcare for a community of 22,000. AMECA also facilitate surgical training in district and mission hospital as only by an uplift in healthcare provision at district level, can the healthcare system in Malawi be supported effectively.