Sister Maggie is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.
The third of nine children, Sister Maggie is a native of Malawi, Africa. She met our Sisters when she attended the Phalombe School of Nursing and Midwifery in Malawi. After graduating, she worked for a year and a half at an Anglican hospital, and joined our Community in 1991.
Sister Maggie’s first mission assignments were in her native Malawi. She worked as a nurse- midwife at Phalombe Hospital, then taught typing to young girls from poor backgrounds. She also coordinated a microcredit project for poor widows.
After taking Community Development Studies specializing in rural development, Sister Maggie went to Wolisso, Ethiopia, where she is in charge of the Public Health Department of St. Luke’s Hospital. “I am working mainly in community mobilization, organization, and health education,” she explains.
The Public Health Department staff is involved both at the hospital and at outreach sites. They are activating the local committees and forming women’s groups. They also do ongoing training of the health extension workers – young women from the rural areas who have one year of training by the government and are assigned to do house-to-house health work in their areas.
Sister Maggie also checks the nutritional status of children under the age of three in their homes. If they are malnourished, they are referred to St. Luke’s Hospital, which UNICEF has declared an excellence hospital in the fight against malnutrition. Its Therapeutic Feeding Unit trains caretakers, staff from outlying health centers and clinics, and local families how to feed the children with nutritious, locally available food.
February 1, 2011