Airtel Malawi has donated K5.5million towards towards a mothers’ day fun run organised by Nation Publication Limited (NPL).
This year’s Mother’s Day Fun Run is aimed at improving safe motherhood in Mzimba District.
Handing over the cheque, Airtel Malawi Managing Director Charles Kamoto said Airtel has decided to support the NPL initiative because it was in line with one of its corporate social responsibility focus area of health.
Kamoto said Airtel learnt with concerns theshortage of martenal and neanatal health care equipment that has led to Mzimba recording highest martenal and infant mortality rate.
“As a responsible corporate citizen we knew that we have to take action to save these lives,” said Kamoto.
The fun run fundraiser seeks to raise K80 million following revelations that 19 out of 44 babies in Mzimba die 28 days after birth.
Kamoto said as a way of showing commitment, Airtel members of staff will also make personal contributions towards the fun run which will take place on October 8, 2016 and is expected to benefit 640,000 people under Mzimba southern health district.
Receiving the Cheque, NPL Chief Executive Officer, Mbumba Banda commended Airtel for the gesture.
“We believe that Airtel has demonstrated the love towards and passion towards saving lives of ordinary people,” said Mbumba.
The funding cut-backs in public hospitals that the government is translating into unnecessary deaths of poor Malawians.
Doctors and nurses say their capacity to save the lives of patients is stifled by a lack of basic provisions
NPL uses the annual fun run since 2005 to assist hospitals in their operations as part of the media house’s social responsibility. The targeted hospitals are selected randomly, with Mchinji District Hospital having been last year’s beneficiary.