Make a Medic
Make a Medic is a charity created by Dr Lasith Ranasinghe, that is run by a group of UK-based medical students and junior doctors. They recognise that the theory of medicine is universal, however, the resources available to medical students in less privileged parts of the world are scarce. Make a Medic’s main goal is to run projects that facilitate the education of these medical students so that they are better able to attend to the health needs of their wider community.
Their previous and ongoing projects include sending a shipment of several hundred textbooks to Sri Lanka, sponsoring a vaccination training programme in Uganda and donating stethoscopes to Kenya and Zambia.
They have also recently established a sponsorship programme with the East African Centre for Vaccines and Immunology with the aim of funding the training of Ugandan Medical Students to deliver vaccines in rural parts of Uganda.
Funds from the Matthew Good Foundation will go towards Improving Maternal Health in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. With The Welbodi Partnership, Make a Medic hopes to help implement two projects:
Facilitating the rollout of CRADLE Vital Signs Alert Devices. This is a mobile blood pressure device that identifies women at high risk of birth-related complications. Its design is ideal for use in developing countries.
Supporting a mentorship scheme to tackle high rates of teenage pregnancy by providing support to reach antenatal care and help prepare for the baby.