Zomba Catholic Diocese receives K4.7m medical items from Italy’s Clara Foundation

Health facilities in the Zomba Catholic Diocese have got a timely relief when Clara Foundation from Italy donated medical items to the tune of K4.7 million on Monday during a function held at the Bishop’s premises in Zomba.

The medical equipment is to be distributed to various health facilities within the diocese such as Pirimiti, Matiya, Mayaka, Maogomero, Chipini and Thondwe, among others. The items included five bags containing aspiratory machines, and others.

Clara Foundation started as a result of a visit the Bishop of Zomba Catholic Diocese, the Right Reverend Thomas Msusa made to Italy sometime back at the invitation of Father Vincent, a Catholic priest who once worked at Montfort Parish in Malawi.

Speaking on behalf of the foundation during the handover ceremony, Dr Giovani Cassone said they have a good working partnership with Zomba Diocese.

 Bishop Msusa receives the symbolic donation from a representative from Clara Foundation
Bishop Msusa receives the symbolic donation from a representative from Clara Foundation

“We visited Malawi and found out that there are some challenges being faced by communities within the parishes of Zomba Diocese. It is from this moment that we mobilized support from our colleagues in Italy to assist the diocese in areas of education, health and religion, among others,” he said.

On his turn, Bishop Thomas Msusa expressed gratitude with the donation.

“What Clara Foundation has done is to complimented efforts of Malawi Government in ensuring that people have healthy lives. As the Catholic faithful, we also have a part to play in enhancing education, health as we are doing today as well as spiritual life of the people. This will go a long way in ensuring that the welfare of the people in our
parishes or communities does not face many challenges,” he said.

Some of the achievements of Clara Foundation in Zomba Diocese include construction of a K22 million early childhood development centre, an K8 million parish at Domasi, and offering medical scholarship of two
students at College of Medicine (CoM) in Blantyre.

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