For this week’s issue of PEOPLE Magazine, Madonna invited PEOPLE to join her in Malawi on July 11, when she opened the Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, the nation’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. .

“I’m here to save lives,” Madonna of her work in Malawi, which this year Global Financial Magazine ranked as the sixth-poorest country in the world. “I don’t want to be the outsider that comes in. I want to help them help themselves.”