Skip to content
Home » News » Charitable Foundation for paeds on the card

Charitable Foundation for paeds on the card

  • by

By Kondwani Magombo

LILONGWE, March 06, Mana: A charitable Foundation has been formed to support paediatric departments in the country’s four referral hospitals, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has established.

The initiative, Friends of Paediatric Wards Foundation (FPWF), intends to be mobilising resources to support paediatric wards at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), Zomba Central Hospital (ZCH), and Mzuzu Central Hospital (MCH), according to lead founder, Regina Mwanza-Ng’ombe.

She said the idea to form the Foundation has been necessitated by the growing demand of services in the said wards which are sometime always underequipped.

Mwanza-Ngombe said among others, the FPWF will be mobilising resources for procurement of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines, heaters for premature babies, and other medical supplies critical for the wards.

“This foundation will seek to forge strategic partnerships with individuals and other institutions and companies, both local and international, to drive its fund-raising activities and provide support to children in different areas of the country,” explained Mwanza-Ng’ombe in an interview.

The lead founder referred to a study she once read whose findings indicated that government’s regular supplies to Malawi hospitals is 80 percent of the requested lot.

Mwanza-Ngombe, a golfer and co-founder of Lilongwe-based Mphanje Private Schools, has been involved in various charitable activities, including mobilising her pupils and parents to support Area 18 Health Centre nutrition unit, and reaching out to under-privileged children at KCH.   

“I lost one of my sons, Steven, in 2006 to sickle cell disease: He was being managed and being followed up at KCH Paediatrics Department from 1990 until 2006, when he was airlifted to RSA on January 27 and eventually died on January 30,” explained Mwanza-Ngombe.

“Since this loss, my passion for hospitalised children has been growing stronger every day and I am  glad that today we have managed to set this up, together with other well-meaning individuals,” she added.

Other than Mwanza-Ng’ombe, other founding members of the FPWF include Counsel doctors Gift Nankhuni, Yamikani Chimalizeni from QECH, Treasure Maliainga, and Yebo Nyondo, all from KCH Paediatrics Department, according to the lead founder.

Others include Lion George Chirombe, Aluminium Managing Director, and Lion Modesta Banda Kanjaye, former Director of Water Resources but now Director of Sanitation in the Ministry of Water and Sanitation.

Meanwhile, KCH Director Jonathan Ngoma, has welcomed the initiative saying referral health institutions like KCH are always under pressure when it comes to resources.

“I applaud the people who came up with this idea because we always look for partners – be it individuals or organisations – to support us with a box of gloves, or anything,” explained Ngoma in an interview.

He added: “A referral hospital like KCH is where most patients go after visiting public and private hospitals so the demand outweighs our ability to provide the required services: that is why we need people to come in and support our hospital.”

FPWF is currently undergoing registration processes and once done, the Foundation will roll its activities out, according to Mwanza-Ng’ombe.

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial