Coca-Cola through its Share Hope Project on Wednesday donated medical equipment worth over K300 million (about $750 000) to Ekwendeni Mission Hospital of the Livingstonia Synod.
Share Hope Project is a partnership of four organisations that include Carlsberg Malawi, Citihope International, Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and MedShare. The project is aimed at helping hospitals through the donation of a variety of medical equipment. The project is meant to run for three years from 2013 to 2015.
Speaking at the handover ceremony at Ekwendeni, Carlsberg Malawi cooperate communications officer Towera Munthali said issues facing the country’s hospitals, such as drug shortages, lack of consumables and lack of essential hospital equipments, make it hard for health workers to carry out their duty and responsibilities to patients.
“We made sure the hospitals get what they want so we gave them a chance to select the medical supplies and equipment they want to ensure that the hospital receives what they needed and be able to perform,” said Munthali.
Livingstonia CCAP Synod general secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo said the donation is like manna from heaven because they did not ask for it but they needed it.
“We have been experiencing drug and equipment shortages in our hospitals and the donation is like Manna from above that will help us overcome these problems,” said Nyondo.