Nearly 20 years ago, Oxford University-trained doctor, Chris Lavy, relocated from the UK with his family to become a professor at the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine.
As the only orthopedic surgeon among 12 million people, Professor Lavy carried out thousands of operations during his time in Malawi. Ten years ago, he opened the Beit Cure International Hospital, which specializes in hip and knee replacement surgery, one of the very few places where this surgery is available in sub-Saharan Africa. This has brought about increased survival rates, especially for children, from serious injuries and road traffic accidents.
In addition to his fundamental work at the hospital, Levy has worked with a Christian medical charity to set up a training program for orthopedic paramedics, and established the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).
Professor Levy’s interest in Malawi and sub-Saharan Africa has generated great progress in the region, and will stand as a beacon of success for other doctors and professionals from all across the world to lend their efforts to the cause.
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