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Lilongwe Kabanza Cyclists pedal to Mchinji on maternal health awareness campaign

Written by  James Mwale

Lilongwe, September 29: Lilongwe’s Area 25 bicycle taxi operators, popularly known as kabanza, cycled to Mchinji District Hospital on Saturday on a child and maternal health awareness campaign.

The initiative was inspired by the acute shortage of working maternal materials and insufficient blood supply for transfusion at Bwaila District Hospital’s maternity ward according to Secretary General (SG) for Area 25 Kabanza Assiciation, Isaac Kavundula.

“We got concerned with the growing cases of deaths and complications that women get subjected to when giving birth and we subsequently agreed to do something positive about it,” said Kavundula who also disclosed they had thus visited Bwaila’s District Health Officer (DHO) to establish how they could specifically help.

The bicycle parade was supported by Mamaye! Campaign activists who fall under the Umbrella body of Parent And Child Health Initiative (PACHI), an independent organisation concerned with the health welfare of mothers and new born babies.

The kabanza SG told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the activists were engaged after it was established that they were interested in the same cause.

Before departing from Crossroads Hotel, District Health Officer for Bwaila hospital Mwai Mwale expressed gratitude to the cyclists saying they were embarking on a noble initiative which had great depths of impact.

“You may not fully understand how great this gesture is, but I tell you now that you will save many lives of mothers and babies through it,” said Mwale who added that blood shortage was among the biggest challenges at his hospital.

The thirty men on the parade were clad in green reflectors and black caps branded Mamaye! which were provided by the activists.

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