UNICEF has donated various medical and non-medical supplies, worth about 320 million kwacha, to help government bolster its resolve diseases against children.
UNICEF Malawi Representative Rudolf Schwenk handed over the assorted community health supplies to the Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda in Lilongwe today.
Schwenk noted that UNICEF is aware that the health sector is challenged in a number of areas including inadequate supplies and medicines to provide appropriate care to children in need.
“To address this, UNICEF is handing over motorbikes, backpacks and handwashing supplies to the Ministry of Health.”
Speaking when she received the supplies, Minister Kandodo expressed gratitude for the support rendered by UNICEF and partners.
Said the health minister:
“We always find solace in your support as a key partner. The resources come at a time we are very much in need.”
The UNICEF Country Representative said the donated facilities will be used by Community Health Supervisors and Senior Health Surveillance Assistants as they deliver health services to the children.
The donated materials which included – motorbikes, backpacks and b handwashing supplies – were procured with the support of GAVI, the vaccine alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation.
The three institutions are helping health workers to save the lives of thousands of children from the burden of common childhood diseases in Malawi and elsewhere.