Outside KCH orthopaedic department


Lilongwe Institute of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery (LION)

In Malawi, more than 5000 people die on the roads due to injuries every year, and the numbers are rising rapidly. More than 10 000 people end up with permanent disability because of lack of modern trauma treatment. Over 400 000 children are living with musculoskeletal impairment. These children are denied proper treatment for congenital deformities, injuries and infections of the bones.

Currently the department of orthopaedic surgery only has two orthopaedic surgeons serving a population of over 7 million people in the Central Region of Malawi.

The Lilongwe Institute of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery (LION) Trust was established in 2016 to finance and run a new, independent musculoskeletal institute at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), the public hospital in the capital, Lilongwe, to improve the treatment of injuries and musculoskeletal and neurosurgical disorders, and to train more qualified surgeons. LION will be the orthopaedic and neurosurgery wing of KCH. The Ministry of Health of Malawi, Haukeland University Hospital (HUH) in Norway, CBM, AO Alliance Foundation and many other partners are working together with the LION Trust towards realising this vision. Funding has been raised to finance a first phase of the proposed institute, and construction of 4 of the 9 planned buildings is currently underway.

If you wish to contribute to the realization of LION and our ongoing work to treat the disabled, sick and injured, please click the link below to go to our donation site. Even a small donation makes a big difference! Haukeland University Hospital has partnered with KCH since 2007 and guarantees that all money donated to LION will be used only for the purpose intended by the donor. HUH takes no administration fees or overhead from funds donated over this site. All our accounts are audited by external auditors.

I wish to contribute to the realization of the trauma center and treatment of sick and injured

Contact information

Office phone: +47 55 97 21 56

Opening hours: 08:30 to 15:30

Postal address:
Helse Bergen HF
Haukeland Universitetssjukehus
Avdeling for Internasjonalt Samarbeid
Postboks 1400
5021 Bergen, Norway

Visiting address:
Konrad Birkhaugs Hus
Jonas Lies vei 65
5021 Bergen

  • Background

    Malawi is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa with 17,2 million inhabitants, and is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa.

  • Partners

    There are seven partners working towards the realisation of LION

  • Progress

    The project started in 2007, and if everything goes according to plan the official opening of services can take place in the last half of 2018.

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