Outside KCH orthopaedic department


Lilongwe Institute of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery (LION)

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 5.700 people die due to road traffic accidents in Malawi annually, and about 100.000 are injured in traffic every year. Over 400 000 children are estimated to be living with musculoskeletal impairments that could be treated by surgery.

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.

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E-mail: orthopaedicskch@gmail.com

Postal address:
Lilongwe Institute of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery (LION) Trust
P.O Box 31653, Lilongwe 3

About LION

  • Background

    Malawi is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa with 18,6 million inhabitants, and is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa.

  • LION Trust

    On November 3rd 2016 the first LION Trust Board meeting was held, and the Trust was officially established.

  • 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 2020.

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