In an inspiring collaboration that underscores the power of generosity, Action Medeor, a distinguished German Medical Aid Organization, extended a helping hand to Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS) on August 16, 2023. The occasion marked a significant donation of stethoscopes to KUHeS students who will embark on their first clinical rotations at the KUHeS Lilongwe campus next year.
The donation ceremony was graced by the Director of Students Affairs for KUHeS, Associate Professor Benjamin Kumwenda, student’s union representatives, and other members of staff.
In his remarks, on behalf of Vice Chancellor Prof McPherson Mallewa and KUHeS Management, Kumwenda expressed deep gratitude for the donation saying it will go a long way in helping the students meet the requirements of their studies.
“We are grateful that you extended your hand and donated to the students when they approached you for support and you have shown a good example for most organizations through this donation.” He said.
He further commended the courage of student representatives who went out to seek support for their peers by going to different institutions and also commended Action Medeor’s unwavering commitment to the health sector.
Gladys Thole, Branch Manager for Action Medeor who is also a KUHeS alumna, whilst sharing the organization’s mission, said it was their mandate as a non-profit organization to help others and that the organization pursues accessibility and affordability in providing essential medical supplies and equipment to countries like Malawi.
“Helping future health professionals will help the health systems because having a better capacity of professionals is part of the agendas for sustainable health goals. We want to bridge the gap between the hospitals and the supply. We make donations for drugs and medical equipment; we provide training and we also supply as a wholesale, selling at a nonprofit price.” She said.
In her remarks, the Chairperson of the MBBS2, BDS2, BND2 Social Welfare Committee at KUHeS, Tionge Kaunda, extended gratitude to Action Medeor for being the first organization to donate items and expressed determination to continue their efforts. She also went on to articulate the motivation behind the initiative to support needy students saying their class has a total of 160 students, 75 of which are needy.
“We saw that just because our friends are financially unable to access these gadgets, it does not mean they should not have access to the same education that other people have in the same class. This donation has encouraged and inspired us to keep going. And to our Alumni Gladys, you have shown us a very good example of what to do when we leave this institution which is to come back and to make a difference because you are truly changing lives.” She said.
When they begin their clinical training next year, aside from stethoscopes, the students will need other equipment such as BP cups, Scrubs, and more.