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. While the ceremonial opening was July 11 – the Mercy James Centre began accepting patients in early July. Since then, MJC’s paediatric surgery team has:

  • Performed 73 surgeries in the new theatres
  • Admitted 13 patients to the ICU
  • Seen 75 patients in the outpatient clinic
  • Admitted 238 patients to the ward
Mercy James and Madonna at the Opening Ceremony

Mercy James and Madonna at the Opening Ceremony

Front entrance of the Mercy James Centre 

Front entrance of the Mercy James Centre