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TODAY news for Thursday, October 29, 2007

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LLU students take on Malamulo Hospital as mission project

Loma Linda University students, in cooperation with Adventist Health International, have “adopted” an African hospital in Malawi as a mission project for the 2007–2008 school year.

The Malawi project is an endeavor by Loma Linda University students and others to help Malamulo Hospital by expanding the health care and education projects at the medical facility.

“This project, initiated by Loma Linda students, continues to grow daily,” says Aimie Apigian, an MD/PhD student. “Many individuals are involved in the project including students from all LLU schools, various clubs on campus, public schools in San Bernardino, local Seventh-day Adventist academies, students at the University of California, Riverside, and students at California State University in San Bernardino.”

Malawi is one of the 10 poorest nations in the world. Approximately one million children are orphans due to AIDS. Approximately 95 percent of hospital patients in Malawi are HIV positive. Twenty percent of the residents test positive for AIDS.

One of the major projects taken on by the students includes a water purification system for the Malamulo Hospital campus. Estimated total cost for the water  project is $50,000.

Other components in the Malawi project include education, communications, malaria, health care, and AIDS.

“For instance, it costs only $50 to prepare a soccer field for students,” Ms. Apigian says. “School books for one student for an entire year cost only $35—a small amount for us, but a huge amount for a student taking nursing at Malamulo.”

Individuals interested in learning more about the Malawi project may contact the LLU student activities office at (909) 558-4979 or e-mail llusasocial@llu.edu.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, October 29, 2007