Adrian Banda: Village Doctor

Adrian Banda carries the weight of his world on his shoulders. He is a slender man with chiseled high cheek bones and solemn eyes. Quiet and contemplative from afar, Adrian transforms when he speaks. Both fast and determined, a current of words cascade out of his mouth in his local dialect, Chichewa, and broken English. Adrian is a man who wears many hats. He is a farmer, a husband, a father of five and a guardian to another dependent who lives in his home. Adrian also serves his community as a volunteer community health worker. With a health system choked by a shortage of doctors and other health workers, volunteers like Adrian are essential in their communities.