Airtel Malawi on Monday donated K1million towards the HIV and AIDS National Women’s Conference organised by the Society of Women and Aids in Malawi (SWAM).
Speaking during the presentation of the cheque, Airtel Malawi Supply Chain Director Bernadette Mtila said it is common knowledge to note that women are not only the key nurturers of affected communities in most ailments but are also major stakeholder of transmission of HIV/AIDS messages.
“It is our belief as Airtel that one of the effective and efficient ways to protect the woman from this pandemic is through the adequate empowerment of the woman,” she said.
She said women are indispensable in the gallant fight against HIV/AIDS and their role cannot be overemphasized in the prevention and fight of the pandemic right down from the household level to all spheres of the society.
As a brand, she said, the company is very passionate with women issues.
SWAM Country Director Rose Gondwe expressed excitement with the support by the company towards the women’s conference.
This conference will give updates on the prevention which are currently undertaken as well as raising awareness to the women on the pandemic,” she said.
However, she said, the conference was initially scheduled to start on Monday (today) but has been shifted to the first week of October in order to wait for the Guest of honor who is the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati who is currently in New York.