Dr. Borgstein, one of only four pediatric surgeons working in Malawi, where there is an estimated 7.5 million children.
Working with the staff at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre for the past 20 years, Dr. Borgstein treats thousands of children every year, performing hundreds of life-saving operations.
Dr. Borgstein also trains medical students in general and pediatric surgery at the Malawi College of Medicine. With financial support from Raising Malawi, he is currently training doctors Tiyamike Chilunjika and Laura Cappyuns, to follow in his footsteps as a pediatric surgeon.
In November 2014, Madonna announced that Raising Malawi would be constructing the Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, a state-of-the-art pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi’s commercial capital of Blantyre. This new project, developed in partnership with the Malawian Ministry of Health.
With a mission to lead the region in paediatric surgical and intensive care, the Mercy James Centre for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care (MJC) formally opened on July 11, 2017. The opening ceremony was led by His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Raising Malawi’s founder, Madonna Ciccone. The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Health and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital as well as partners and benefactors from around the world who traveled to Malawi to celebrate the milestone.
His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika and Madonna toured the Mercy James Centre, including the three operating theatres and Malawi’s first paediatric intensive care unit, and greeted patients in the 50-bed ward. Called the “pride of Malawi” by His Excellency, the opening ceremony was a celebration of the partnership between Malawi’s Ministry of Health and the global and local partners that made the Mercy James Centre possible.
In addition to serving more children, this new facility will become a training center of excellence for Southern Africa, with more local doctors acquiring the skills needed to perform pediatric surgery. In a country with only four pediatric surgeons and 50% of the population under 15 years old, this new facility will make a significant difference in the lives of Malawian children.