From Scotland to Malawi – Putting a good cause ‘under the microscope’

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Left to right - Charles MacDougall (SEPA), Brian Kelly (Lord Provost's Malawi Fund), Sadie Docherty (Glasgow Lord Provost), John Rooney (SEPA), and Jim Thomas (SEPA)

Left to right – Charles MacDougall (SEPA), Brian Kelly (Lord Provost’s Malawi Fund), Sadie Docherty (Glasgow Lord Provost), John Rooney (SEPA), and Jim Thomas (SEPA)

SEPA staff recently attended a civic reception in honour of the Malawi Fund at the Glasgow City Chambers.

We have been working with the Malawi Fund, run by the Glasgow Lord Provost’s Office, to help improve public health and water quality in the country by donating laboratory equipment.

When we moved offices to the Angus Smith Building in 2013, we also moved into a new laboratory combining our Edinburgh and East Kilbride teams in one purpose built facility. This meant we had some equipment that was surplus to requirements.

As waterborne disease is a major issue in Malawi we thought that our excess equipment could be put to good use there. Our donations to this on-going project have so far been heavily weighted towards microbiological analysis and includes microscopes, autoclaves and incubators. In addition to this, our Information Services team donated a number of computer monitors, keyboards and mice.

It is expected that the equipment from SEPA will be donated to the College of Health Sciences in Malawi. At this facility the equipment will be used to help with health projects and to train students who are studying public health courses.

You don’t need to look into a microscope to see that this is a very worthy cause. We will continue to assess redundant lab equipment for suitability and donate to the Malawi Fund as appropriate.

SEPA staff and the Lord Provost with Team Malawi

SEPA staff and the Lord Provost with Team Malawi

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