Airtel aides fistula patients

Lilongwe, Mobile phone operator Airtel Malawi last week made a donation of MK1.4 Million to the Fistula Care Centre which will cater for the needs of 210 repaired patients for a period of seven months.

The help will facilitate the procurement of starter packs which consist of body lotion, deodorants, bathing and laundry soap, chitenje, basin, and other articles which are necessary for the patients’ after treatment care.

In a month, the Fistula Care Centre performs repairing surgeries to 30 patients a thing which has increased the need for extra resources to help ease the process of reintegrating the patients back in the society.

Airtel Malawi’s Corporate and Social Responsibility Manager, Norah Chavula-Chirwa, said the fistula condition eats on the dignity of women therefore the need to make sure that all necessary steps are taken restore their pride and help them regain their status in the society.

As Airtel we care for the well being of the women of this country. We appreciate what these women go through when they are affected by this condition hence our coming in to make this contribution as these women take their steps back in the society, said Chavula-Chirwa.

Country Coordinator for Fistula Care Centre Margret Moyo expressed her gratitude to Airtel Malawi for the donation but conceded that they are still facing challenges in their quest to address the problem.

It is worrying that up until now some people do not know what fistula is even as evidenced by the recent Health Demographic Survey. So it is almost impossible for these people to come and seek medical help as many of them believe they have been bewitched, said Moyo.

Another challenge the Centre is facing inadequate trained personnel and working surgical supplies which have to be imported from outside the country mostly.

When repairing these patients it is not one of those common operations so it requires specialized surgeons who are not many here unfortunately, she said.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA