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Dzaleka Health Center receives K78 million donation of medical supplies

A local Christian organization, There Is Hope (TIH), donated K78 million worth of medical supplies and medicines to Dzaleka Health Center in Dowa.

This donation is certainly a huge relief for the facility which, like other public health facilities in Malawi, is facing severe shortage of medicines and medical supplies due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. .

TIH program manager Doreen Fatch revealed that her organization sourced the donated items from a Canadian non-governmental organization – Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC).

Fatch (second from right) making a symbolic presentation of medicines and medical supplies donated to Kausiwa–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

Apparently, HPIC was one of the international organizations that responded positively to President Lazarus Chakwera’s appeal to the international community to assist Malawi with financial and material support in its national efforts to combat Covid-19.

When TIH handed over essential drugs and medical items to the Government of Malawi, Dzaleka Health Center was the only public health facility operating a Covid-19 isolation center in Dowa.

To date, the Canadian NGO has made a cumulative donation worth K194 million in medicines and medical supplies to the Government of Malawi through the Ministries of Health and Homeland Security.

According to Fatch, the first donation was in 2020 and was valued at K44 million, followed by another donation in 2021 worth K72 million and K78 million this year.

“TIH is pleased with the impact the donated medicines and medical supplies are having on the lives of the people we serve at Dzaleka refugee camp and surrounding communities,” she said.

She reiterated her organization’s commitment to complement the efforts of the Government of Malawi in its fight against the pandemic.

In her remarks, Hilda Kausiwa, Senior Director of Administration and Operations at the Ministry of Homeland Security (Department of Refugees), called the donation timely, saying it will go a long way in replenishing the Dzaleka Health Center. essential drugs and medical supplies.

For his part, the clinical manager of the Dzaleka health center, Henry Lali, reiterated that the Covid-19 has put pressure on the facility, which hosts a population of 80,000 people from the refugee camp, surrounding communities and other watersheds. areas.

Lali said the donated drugs would therefore ease the pressure the facility is currently facing to respond to patients with various communicable diseases including malaria and cough.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) protection officer, Miiro Rehema, praised TIH for providing the support.

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Joan J. Dean

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