The Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS) hosted Bridgin Foundation’s President, Prof. Tanko Mouhamadou and Program Director, Christophe Prieels today at KUHeS main campus. The aim of the visit was to meet several stakeholders and discuss their role in the USD 6.8 billion investment that the foundation is providing to the government of Malawi.
Prof. Mouhamadou gave an overview of Bridgin Foundation and how it contributes to the economic, social and industrial development of emerging countries by funding their priority projects and programmes. The USD 6.8 billion investment to Malawi was motivated by the Malawi 2063 agenda and the KUHeS teaching hospital project will be one of the first three projects to roll out as soon as possible.
The Program Director, Christopher Prieels said Malawi has competent people who have the agenda of progress at heart and that Bridgin Foundation would work with such to advance the developmental agenda of the country.
“Malawi stands to benefit a lot from this investment and we are excited to assist the country and we will work with the different institutions to contribute to the attainment of the 2063 goals” said Prieels.
Vice Chancellor for KUHeS, Professor MacPherson Mallewa said he was overjoyed that the KUHeS state of the art teaching hospital city worth USD1 billion is one of the first projects to roll out.
“To be identified as one of the first beneficiaries of this investment is a blessing to us and as a University we will continue to work hard to show the world that we are here to provide first-class health care services and training to Malawians and the rest of the world” said Prof. Mallewa.
The high-tech teaching hospital will be built in Chileka and among others, it will have satellites in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Mangochi. It will be a fully-fledged hospital city with a shopping complex, five-star hotel, recreational facilities, students’ and staff accommodation, conference centre, Green energy, water recycling and treatment centre. The teaching hospital is also expected to improve doctor to patient ratio tremendously and will promote inbound medical tourism in Malawi.
Some of the stakeholders that attended the meeting were banks such as National Bank of Malawi, CDH Investment Bank and NBS Bank.