By Arnold Dube
ABSOLUTE Return for Kids (Ark) and a Zim-Switzerland organisation, Zim-Health donated hospital equipment to Mpilo Central Hospital worth $30 000 to maternity ward of Mpilo Hospital in an effort to reduce child mortality rate and maternal related deaths.
This donation has been motivated by high infant mortality rate with Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality rate going up 3 times since the setting of millennium development goals and it is now estimated at 650 deaths for every 100 000 births.
In her speech, the Country Director of Ark, Dr Vonai Terekedzi Chimhamhiwa said they believe no women should die or suffer complications while giving life and no child should lose or suffer complication before their life has begun.
Their aim is to contribute towards improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes, said Dr Vonai
The donation included four 200 litre electric geysers, 100 pairs of sheets, chairs for labour ward receptions, tea cups for staff and patients.
Other funds were used for renovations in several rooms in the maternity ward which include plumbing in the maternity wing and repair of theatre floors.
“The current work by Ark is an attempt to provide inputs that is infrastructure and materials to facilitate infection prevention,” said Dr Vonai.
Former board member of Zim-Health Clarence Siziba said, together with Ark they are concerned with the welfare of children and their mothers.
Mpilo hospital Management Board Chairperson Sichelesile Moyo appreciated the donations made by ARK and Zim-Health saying it is going to improve the operation of the hospital’s maternity ward.
Absolute Return for Kids is a Non Governmental Organisation dedicated to safe guard and improve on maternity and neonatal mortality.