Arrival in Lilongwe

After an fairly smooth trip from Toronto to New York then to Johannesburg and finally to Lilongwe, I am finally in Malawi. Hopefully I will be able to say the same about my suitcase tomorrow.


7 thoughts on “Arrival in Lilongwe

    • Here biking is a principal mode of transportation and not a sport. Just getting around on a bike can be a challenge as the road and street are very eroded by the constant rains. We are in the middle of the rainy season. The terrain is relatively flat and the few major hills are extremely step because they were formed by small volcanic eruptions, very unusual landscape.

      I may find better areas to bike as I further explore the country.

  1. Hi Anthony
    Is there much game and wildlife where you are?
    What are you eating? Do you feel reasonably safe?
    What is the size of the town where the hospital is?

    • Hi Geoff,

      There are some game reserves where you can see hyppos, elephants, and other big games. However, because it is presently rainy season the reserves are difficult to access, the roads are often flooded. Since water is abundant, the animals don’t congregate en mass close to water wholes.

      The food is very simple and a bit greasy as they cook everything with a lot of oil compared to us. So far a have eaten a lot of chicken, eggs, some fish.

      The people are very friendly. Malawi is called the warm heart of Africa and they live up to their reputation. Safe I have not had any incident where I felt unsafe. I have mostly been with locals when going out.

      The 2 main City where have have been are about 1 million people. The whole country is about 15 millions. The hospital where I work is in a small village with a catchment population of about 40,000. There is only one physician who serve the whole hospital that right now has about 50 inpatients. Most cases are related to malaria, TB, HIV and AIDS, there is also a maternity ward, and an outpatient clinic.

      The medications available are extremely limited and there is a drug crisis due to significant shortages. People right now have any about 5% of the usual stock quantities. The devaluation of the Kwacha makes drugs very expensive. The cost of goods is about twice what is was 12 months ago and increases weekly.

      One very surprising phenomenon is that everyone is very young. The life expectancy is about 46 years.

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