ICU equipment for children's hospital in Lusaka, Zambia

For: Children's Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia
Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia
Organizer: Mwenda Phiri
of $5,000 goal
27% Complete
Raised by 32 donors

The Story

About Me
Hi, I'm Mwenda Phiri. I'm 15yrs old and I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I love acting and have won many awards for it. I love music especially artists like Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and Quavo and I love community service. I'm the current Vice President for the Interact Club at my school Parklands College.

I have sickle cell anaemia also known as Sickle cell disease (SCD). 

What Is Sickle Cell Disease

SCD is an inherited blood disorder that causes red blood cells to turn into a sickle shape under certain conditions. These cells die early, creating a shortage of healthy red blood cells causing anaemia. The sickled cells can block blood flow to major organs causing a lot of pain in what is known as a sickle cell crisis.

Most children with SCD are of African ancestry but children of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and South Asian ancestry are also affected. SCD is not contagious.

What Inspired This Campaign

On 18th October 2017, I experienced a severe sickle cell crisis following minor surgery that resulted in Acute Chest Syndrome that put me in ICU for 8 days.

I was fortunate to have access to specialist doctors, equipment, medicine and facilities that saved me. However, this is not the case for a lot of children in Africa. Because of this, I started the Mwenda Phiri Initiative (MPI) in service of child health to raise awareness and funds for paediatric haematology and ICU in Africa.

What We Want To Do

We are raising funds towards children's ICU equipment for a hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. After consulting the hospital, we were given a wishlist of some items they were in need of. The list includes items such as: 

  • Baby bassinets, 
  • Incubators, 
  • CPAP machines, 
  • Arterial blood gas machines, 
  • Vital signs monitors and much more.

How You Can Help

You can help by contributing any amount towards the equipment. Every amount counts and could save a child's life.

You can also help by encouraging your friends and family to contribute too on this link:

Additionally you can Like, Follow and Share our Facebook page to help us raise more awareness for paediatric haematology and ICU in Africa here:

By When

We would like to close the project by 18th December 2017 to allow us time to deliver the equipment to the hospital in time for some year end cheer

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 21, 2017


Posted on December 21, 2017

Hi everyone, 

I hope you're having a wonderful festive season. 

We have started ordering the ICU equipment for the children's hospital in Lusaka with the funds we've raised so far ($1749 in total) and we will keep you posted as and when the items arrive. Some people have asked for the list of equipment needed in case they can buy an item so here is the list:

1. 5 x Cardiac monitors

2. 40 x bassinets

3. Endotracheal tubes sizes 3, 3.5, and 4

4. Laryngoscopes with blades sizes 0, 00, and 1

5. Umbilical catheters all sizes

AND if funds allowing:

1x Neonatal ventilator (avea or draeggar plus ventilator circuit)

2x bilibeds &

2x bilirubin monitors

I wish to thank you sincerely for your contributions and continued interest and support. 

Wishing you and yours an amazing festive season filled with good health and cheer 💚



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