South Africa envoy to Malawi celebrates women’s day in style, donates to Bwaila Maternity wing

The South African High Commission Office in Malawi has reiterated the need for Malawi to continue to promote women in all sectors of the society.

Bwaila Hospital DHO Alinafe Mbewe, South African envoy and Standard Bank CEO Andrew Mashanda -pic by Lisa Kadango Vintulla

Bwaila Hospital DHO Alinafe Mbewe, South African envoy and Standard Bank CEO Andrew Mashanda -pic by Lisa Kadango Vintulla

An expectant mothers receives a humper from South Africa High Commissioner -pic by Lisa Kadango Vintulla.

An expectant mothers receives a humper from South Africa High Commissioner -pic by Lisa Kadango Vintulla.

Her Excellency Cassandra Mbuyane-Mokone, South African High Commissioner to Malawi said this on Tuesday when she donated food items to Bwaila Maternity wing in Lilongwe in partnership with Standard Bank.

She said she is delighted to visit the maternity ward to honour women through a donation of food to the expectant mothers to mark the South Africa Women’s Day which is celebrated on August 9 every year.

“I am humbled by this small gesture of donating food to this maternity ward and trust that it will contribute in addressing the health of the women and teenagers who visit this hospital to give birth,” said the South African envoy.

Mokone observed that expectant mothers need to have access to proper food to maintain good health both for the mother and the unborn babies.

“As we celebrate this day in South Africa today, we choose to come here and donate food items to the mothers of Malawi knowing that every where in the world, mothers are so special, “said Mokone.

She added that during women’s day month South Africans recognise the important role of political activism by women during the struggle for liberation against colonisation and apartheid.

Mokone pointed out that many women continue to face obstacles such as limited access to economic opportunities, discrimination in the work place and lack of opportunities for most girls to complete their education.

“A lot more needs to be done to ensure that the rights of women are protected and that we work tirelessly to change the mindset of society when it comes to gender parity, stressed,” Mokone.

She concluded that Africa as a whole will only advance when women are fully incorporated into the development strategies and decision making processes.

Speaking earlier, Standard Bank Chief Executive officer Andrew Mashanda said this is an on going initiative as far as Standard Bank is concerned in helping out the health sector through out the country when resources are available.

“As Standard Bank we are aware of the challenges women in hospitals especially in maternity wards face each and every day, and that is why we partnered with South African High commission to come and donate the food stuffs to the women,” Said Mashanda.

He said Standard Bank is there to help in saving lives and reduce pressure in health sector hence the donation.

In her remarks District Health Officer (DHO) for Bwaila Hospital Alinafe Mbewe thanked the South African High Commission together with Standard Bank for the timely donation.

She said Bwaila Hospital faces a lot of challenges since it look after so many women around the city and rural areas who seek medical attention.

“I am so delighted with this kind gesture and commitment that South African High Commission and Standard Bank have shown towards Bwaila Hospital,” said Mbewe.

She added that the hospital faces a lot of challenges in terms of food stuffs since it looks after 250 beds every day hence the need for other sectors to come and assist the it.

Mbewe thanked the South African High Commission Office for coming to celebrate their women’s day with Bwaila Maternity Wing.

She urged other well wishers to emulate the kind gesture shown by South African High Commission Office and Standard Bank to come and help Bwaila Hospital.

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