MTIMA, which translates to 'heart' in Chichewa, is a Canadian registered charity led by a group of dedicated medical professionals committed to delivering essential cardiovascular services to the people of Malawi.

Our mission is to empower Malawian communities with accessible healthcare.

Together, we work towards building a healthier future for people from all walks of life.

Our Story

Action with Vision

Malawi, often referred to as 'the warm heart of Africa,' is a blossoming Sub-Saharan nation with a population of 18 million. Yet, within its healthcare system, Malawi faces towering challenges — a chronic shortage of healthcare professionals and an acute scarcity of diagnostic equipment.

Since 2013, MTIMA has taken up the mantle of addressing these formidable challenges. We've led the charge in developing a comprehensive cardiology program within Malawi's medical institutions. Through unwavering dedication, we've successfully nurtured the skills of over 200 Malawian physicians, medical students, and radiographers in cardiology and echocardiography, with the support of more than 50 medical volunteers.

By bridging chasms in expertise and knowledge, our mission is to empower Malawian healthcare providers to deliver world-class cardiovascular care to their fellow citizens. We're not merely raising healthcare standards; we're lifting spirits, enhancing medical education, and ultimately, kindling hope for the people of Malawi.

Together, we're scripting an extraordinary narrative of transformation in the lives of individuals and in the future of healthcare throughout Malawi.

Meet the Team

Marcello Na

CEO & Co-Founder

Marcello, a team lead at North York General Hospital's Echo Lab, is deeply committed to elevating echocardiography lab standards and sonography education. With extensive experience as an educator at Mohawk College's Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program, Marcello advocates for global health services, leveraging his expertise in health informatics.

David McCarty

CMO & Co-Founder

Dr. McCarty, previously associated with Western University and director of the Echocardiography lab at London Health Sciences Centre, is committed to advancing cardiovascular services in developing nations. Currently based in Malawi, he tirelessly uplifts local healthcare standards and educates the community. This aligns with David's vision and mission, which form the foundation of MTIMA, emphasizing the enhancement of cardiovascular services in underserved regions.

Karim Taha

CFO & Co-Founder

Dr. Dr. Karim Taha, an interventional cardiologist and advocate for global healthcare equality, co-founded MTIMA after volunteering in Malawi. He leads fundraising efforts and coordinates crucial medical equipment donations from Canadian hospitals to Blantyre's Queen Elizabeth II Hospital. Karim's unwavering focus is on enhancing cardiac services in underserved regions, showcasing his commitment to advancing healthcare accessibility worldwide.

Carlos Fernando


Carlos is a clinical research manager at Unity Health Toronto and managing director at Medicus MFC Inc. His combined expertise in medicine, business management, and research supported MTIMA's mission in healthcare operations and efficient organization. His commitment to efficient healthcare operations and business excellence has significantly contributed to enhancing MTIMA's impact.

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