Rotarians focus on Malawi charity

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Arbroath Rotarians had a busy night at their most recent meeting.

President-elect David Miller welcomed Mike Robbins, the assistant district governor of Rotary, District 1010, former member David McDonald visiting from Stonehaven and Jan Fairlie, treasurer of Arbroath Lawn Tennis Club.

A cheque for £500 was presented to Arbroath Lawn Tennis Club towards the refurbishment of their courts.

Principal guest was J. Howard Stevenson, MD, FRCS, a consultant plastic surgeon introduced by Dr Rusty Smith.

Howard spoke on his involvement in the charitable trust ‘Burns in Malawi’, an organisation set up over 20 years ago through funding given by Ann Gloag for the treatment of burns injuries in Malawi.

In his Powerpoint presentation he opened up by explaining the close connections between Malawi and Scotland following on the exploration by David Livingstone and then the settlement work carried out by John Kirk, a doctor, photographer and then diplomat who was born in Barry.

Following slides of the country Howard detailed the development of the treatment of burns, particularly in youngsters.

A specialist hospital unit was set up with the development of training, protocols and physiotherapy services. Carrying out an audit of their works, it initially transpired that mortality rates had increased following on from the set-up of the facility but this distortion was caused by the increased use of the facility with more burns incidents being reported and referred.

A recent UK government grant of £180,000 has helped development of the unit but a further Rotary Global grant is being sought.

Rotarian Gordon Law expressed thanks on behalf of the members.