Providing quality healthcare to the people in Western Province Zambia, Mwandi District is a vision we share with our local partners in Zambia. Our role in supporting that vision is to raise funds to enable the enhancement and expansion of the hospital’s infrastructure and technologies and to provide specialty healthcare services.
Our Mission is Simple: To Help Fund Mwandi Mission Hospital
The Mwandi Hospital American Partners were established in 2012 as a charitable organization to assist the United Church of Zambia Mwandi Mission Hospital with its provision of healthcare to the people of Mwandi, Zambia. The American Partners support the hospital’s holistic approach to delivering health care to the people of the Mwandi District through raising funds for constructing and maintaining hospital facilities.
Our Core Values
Guided by our values
Provide infrastructure and technologies that allow hospital staff to provide the best possible health outcomes for patients
Identify priorities through long-term planning and responding to needs of the community
Value and Invest in People
Partnerships and relationships
Commitment to understanding and appreciating cultural differences
Regularly report to donors regarding progress on projects
Measure effectiveness of projects
Meet Our Mighty Team
Tom Irons MD
Tom Irons is a senior Professor of Pediatrics at East Carolina University. He maintains an active clinical teaching practice and has worked with uninsured and underserved for most of my career. He has worked in Mwandi since 2008 and takes senior medical students and residents every February. He was the first Treasurer of Mwandi Mission Hospital American Partners and remains in that role today. He is passionate about his work and is deeply grateful to have the opportunity to serve his brothers and sisters there
Peggy Schrieber MD, MPH
Chair of Board
Peggy Schrieber is a general surgeon from Denver, Colorado and the current chair of the board. She has been traveling to Mwandi since she finished her training in 1999. She spent 6 months at Mwandi Hospital as a mentor and physician in 2001 and has since taken surgical mission teams to the hospital once or twice a year, providing specialty care otherwise unavailable to the community. As chair, she hopes to continue supporting infrastructure projects such as improving the water system, expanding the solar network and promoting the expansion of Mwandi Hospital to a specialty hospital.
Verna Case PhD
Secretary, Past Chair
Verna Miller Case, Ph.D. is the Beverly F. Dolan Emeritus Professor of Biology at Davidson College. She has led annual, month-long programs is Mwandi with Davidson students since 2000. During that time, over 150 students learned about the challenges of delivering healthcare in a resource-limited environment. Several of the students in the Davidson Mwandi program returned to Mwandi as resident physicians during their medical training. Dr. Case was elected to the Mwandi international board in 2007 and served as Chair of the Board from 2011 – 2018. During her time as chair, the American Partners Board was established, incorporated, and received 501c3 status. She is currently Board Secretary.
William Crosland MD
William Crosland is an interventional cardiologist with St. Joseph's/Candler Health System in Savannah, GA. He first visited in 2007 as an undergraduate student and has remained involved throughout his career
Tasha Samborski is currently an Associate at Echo Health Ventures in Portland, Oregon. She received a degree in Translational Science from Davidson College where she studied abroad and conducted thesis research in Mwandi. She joined Mwandi Hospital American Partners to give back to the community and make a change in their healthcare needs. Along with a passion for healthcare access and equity, Tasha brings finance and consulting expertise to the Partners and works to bring innovative ideas to challenges faced by the citizens of Mwandi.
Laleh Lodhi and is a senior Biology major at Davidson College on the premedical track. She is from Pakistan, but was born in Boston and grew up in Singapore. She is a member of Warner Hall who isdedicated to raising awareness for, and supporting those with HIV and AIDS. As part of our mission, Warner Hall works closely with the American Partners to help fundrais for the hospital in Mwandi.
David Klehm MD
David Klehm, M.D., a Family Physician in urban Milwaukee for 45 years and recently retired faculty from the Medical College of Wisconsin after mentoring and teaching family medicine residents, now focusing on providing potable water, exploring solar power alternatives, and promoting beekeeping in geographic areas in need.
Sarah Madrid retired from Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Institute for Health Research in 2020, where she was the Scientific Lead for National Community Engagement and Outreach for the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank, a biorepository promoting genetic research for quickly translatable clinical applications, particularly for diverse communities. Sarah’s experience in Zambia dates to 1992, when she conducted fieldwork in the Gwembe Valley of Zambia, and then in the former Lebowa homeland of South Africa from 1994-1997 during her pursuit of a PhD in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. Sarah’s interest in Mwandi spans two decades, and her focus as a board member is to advance our group’s fundraising strategies to better support the ambitious goals of the Mwandi Hospital and meet the expanding health needs of Mwandi’s inhabitants.
Your Donation Makes a Big Difference
We greatly appreciate your donation. Your donation, no matter how big or small, helps the community of Mwandi in a meaningful way.