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Date of first publication: 25.02.2022
Bernhard and Lydia are on the verge of a life-changing move: In April 2022 they are relocating to Malawi to help provide medical care and train local healthcare staff - together with their three children between the ages of one and three.
Even as departure was imminent, there were still numerous challenges ahead. Only some of the costs were subsidized by the government, so additional funds needed to be raised for their work once there. “Donations of things from various institutions, from private people, and from Hamilton Medical really helped”, says Bernhard. “Through a very supportive friend there we were given several ventilators and consumables. These are particularly valuable, because the country hasn’t previously had any equipment to ventilate critical care patients.
An undertaking like this doesn’t happen from one day to the next. Uncertainty is our constant companion. It feels as if we are swapping security for insecurity, comfort for adventure, and prosperity for poverty. But even so, we know it’s the right move for us and are really looking forward to it.
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