A Tipperary pharmacist is on route to Malawi to volunteer in a small in-patient unit for the next six months.
New Inn’s William Hickey plans to use his skills to provide primary care medical services at the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic to the people of Chembe and Cape MacClear.
William, who has been working at the Royal Free Hospital in London since 2012, tells The Nationalist: “It’s going to be strange going from London to a very isolated area, and being away from family and friends. But I’ve always wanted to experience the healthcare system in a country with limited resources. I got in contact with Mags Riordan who runs the project and she welcomed me on board”.
The 26-year-old will work in the clinic’s pharmacy and is expecting the experience to be challenging but very rewarding. “It’s a focussed organisation intent on sorting out healthcare issues in the area such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and associated diseases. There is a limited supply of medication available to patients and my position will require making difficult decisions on who needs it the most,” William explains.
William recently held a table quiz in New Inn and ran the Dingle Marathon, raising €4,000 for the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic.
“85% of the funds raised will go towards providing medication for the Malawian community of approximately 15,000 people, and the clinic will decide the best way to use the rest of the money,” Cashel Community School graduate William adds.