I write to advise that our Mission Partner, Dr Ruth Shakespeare has now retired from her post as Medical Director at Mulanje Mission Hospital.
Dr Ruth served there for almost ten years and she enjoyed a long and productive career at the hospital and elsewhere. Her considerable experience in public health helped the hospital to focus on preventative medicine and community work, including malaria control, safe water and sanitation and she was instrumental in establishing many community clinics.
She helped to nurture a culture of professionalism and accountability and proved to be a true mentor to many clinicians. Dr Ruth led many projects during her time in Malawi including renovations and expansion of the operating theatres, new antenatal ward and high dependency unit and the upgrading of the laboratory and outpatient departments.
A major achievement was the introduction of a solar power system which made the hospital virtually off-grid and this constant supply of power greatly helped the treatment of many of the sickest patients.
Ruth will be sadly missed by her colleagues and staff who enjoyed her friendly inspirational approach, her readiness to provide sound advice and her ability to listen and provide a valued opinion to matters great and small. The wellbeing of the staff was always on her mind and she realised the establishment of staff houses and the Thandizani Resource Centre.
Our prayers are that Dr Ruth and her husband Ken Rice enjoy a long and happy retirement to enjoy her hobbies, bird photography, cheese making, 4 x 4 camping and cycling trips.