Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care

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Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care
Raising Malawi
LocationBlantyre, Malawi, Malawi
Care systemPublic, Non-profit
Hospital typePediatric
Affiliated universityUniversity of Malawi
Emergency departmentI
Founded11 July 2017; 2 years ago (2017-07-11)
Other linksHospitals in Malawi

The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care (MJIPSIC), also Mercy James Pediatric Hospital, or Mercy James Hospital, is a specialized children's hospital in Malawi.[1]


The institute is located in the central business district of Blantyre, Malawi's second-largest city. MJIPSIC is in proximity to "Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital", the largest public hospital in Blantyre, to which it is affiliated. It is also within walking distance to the University of Malawi College of Medicine, which uses the 1,000-bed Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital as its teaching hospital.[2]


This institute was developed by Raising Malawi, a non-government organization, founded by Madonna, in collaboration with the Malawian health ministry, to provide intensive care services for children and increase the number of pediatric surgeries performed at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care is a modern, fully equipped pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial and financial center.[3]

Prior to the opening of the MJIPSIC, the Queen Elisabeth Central Hospital had less than five intensive care beds. The entire country of 17 million people, of whom 15 percent were aged less that 15 years, had less than five pediatric surgeons. The new institute addresses both those problems. It serves as a teaching facility for Malawian pediatric surgeons.[3]


Plans to construct this institute were first made public in November 2014.[3] Construction of the buildings started in 2015 and the hospital was officially opened on 11 July 2017.[4]

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  1. ^ Phiri, Frank (11 July 2017). "Malawi hails Madonna's 'motherly spirit' at opening of new hospital". Reuters. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  2. ^ Ameca UK (17 September 2017). "Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi". London: (Ameca UK). Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care". Raising Malawi Organisation (RMO). November 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. ^ Kimble, Lindsay (11 July 2017). "Madonna Celebrates Opening of Malawi Pediatric Surgery Center with Her Children: 'Never Give Up on Your Dreams'". People. Retrieved 17 September 2017.

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Coordinates: 15°48′07″S 35°01′08″E / 15.80194°S 35.01889°E / -15.80194; 35.01889