Women in Malawi are particularly vulnerable to diseases related to high blood pressure. In order to earlier diagnose irregularities and start treatment, examinations are needed. A Holter monitor is a device for twenty-four hour monitoring of blood pressure that can be helpful with this regard. This spring, PMM volunteers will fly to Malawi one more time in order to support the operation of the hospitals: Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Beit Cure in Blantyre.
‘Hypertension has higher prevalence in black people, it begins earlier, it is harder to control and has more severe consequences, such as strokes and end-stage renal failure’, says Arletta Chryścionko, specialist in internal diseases and lung diseases, who worked in 2017 as a volunteer in Malawi at the CURE Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, at the Department of Pulmonology worked. ‘This problem is especially noticeable in women living in Malawi. Already in their mid-20s or early 30s they struggle with severe hypertension, which is commonly already complicated. They are women who plan to be or are already mothers, so the ill or occasionally also disabled mother’s problem affects her children, too.’
In the treatment of hypertension it is important to control blood pressure 24 hours a day, not only during the day activity but also at night. Therefore, round-the-clock Holter monitoring is so important. With this monitoring, it is possible to quickly detect dangerous blood pressure surges, check the efficacy of the currently applied therapy and thereby prevent complications. In Poland this procedure is commonly available, it can be performed off-hand. Sadly, in Malawi there is a shortage of equipment and the access to the procedure is very limited.
The International Women's Day is approaching.
Let us together help women in Malawi in hypertension treatment.
Holter instead of a carnation.
Pay money into the account no. 62 1240 2294 1111 0000 3718 5444 with the annotation: Holter dla kobiet z Malawi (Holter for women in Malawi)
Go to www.pmm.org.pl/akcja-specjalna and see how else you can help.
Our volunteers, Karolina Siwicka, an orthopaedic surgeon, and her husband Piotr and children, spent 12 months during 2016/2017 in Blantyre, Malawi. In June they were supported by Arletta Chryścionko, who spent several weeks in Malawi. During her stay in Malawi she was hosted by the Siwicki family, who infused their passion for helping in her. Karolina and Piotr, as well as Arletta Chryścionko, are flying to Malawi again; Arletta for 3 months, during which time she is going to conduct screening examinations among women, and the Siwicki family for longer – they will be supporting the activity of the hospital in Blantyre.