UK ‘Mothers of Africa’ works cheer DC
Chongwe, September 11, 2014, ZANIS………Chongwe District Commissioner Kebby Kashinamilunda has praised Mothers of Africa for contributing towards supplementing government’s pro-poor policies and the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
And Professor Judith Hall has thanked the Zambian government for the support it has rendered to Mothers of Africa in its education and health programmes in the country.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS after Mothers of Africa donated sawing machines, a solar plant worth K500,000 meant to light up Shiyala Clinic and Community School in Shiyala Village in Chongwe , Mr. Kashinamilunda praised the organisation for the gesture .
He explained that the Patriotic Front government of President Michael Chilufya Sata welcomed the development as it would directly contribute to the welfare of the community.
‘‘As government, we are pleased with this solar system Mothers of Africa have installed, this is in line with government’s pro-poor policies of targeting rural populations. It will go a long way in improving people’s livelihoods.
Now, it’s easy to deploy medical staff here because there’s electricity and clinic staff can work even when power supply is interrupted because of the back-up system installed thereby enabling women who are in labour deliver in a conducive environment,’’ Said the District Commissioner
He further noted that the donated computers and sawing machines would a go a long way in ensuring that Abesu Women’s Cooperative in Shiyala village would benefit because its members and the community would acquire basic computer skills thereby improving their financial position.
Mr. Kashinamilunda advised the community to take responsibility of the items and protect them from damage and advised the clinic staff to continuously sensitize and educate community members on the value of the equipment.
Meanwhile, Prof Hall , the founder of Mothers of Africa said she was pleased that the organisation was able to contribute to Millennium Development Goal number five relating to the improvement of maternal health.
She stated that now it was possible for women to deliver in a conducive environment and that patients could be attended to even in the night.
Prof Hall said that in addition to the seven computers donated, two more would be offered in 2015 in order to improve computer skills in the community.
‘‘In addition to what we’ve done, we want to support Chongwe District Hospital with equipment necessary for a Higher Care Unit next year which will be the first of such in Zambia,’’ Prof Hall said.
She thanked the Zambian government for the support rendered by ensuring that the import tax on all the equipment was waived.
Mothers of Africa is a U.K. – based charity established in 2005 is focused is on skills development and maternal care.