The Majete Health Centre in Chikwawa serves a population of more than 6,000 people.
Before the health centre was built in 2013, 21 villages surrounding the Majete game reserve used to travel 18 kmto the nearest health facility in neighbouring Mwanza.
The clinic had a maternity wing that was not functioning because there was no ambulance to refer pregnant mothers to the district hospital in case of emergency.
This is what prompted Jacinta Mcdonell, an Australian working with Anytime Fitness, a partner to Hunger Project, to raise money to buy an ambulance.
Jacinta mobilised her friends in Australia and managed to raised over K11 million.
“I was really touched when I come here the first time last year when I saw that this hospitals maternity wing was not functioning due to lack of an ambulance, I believe every woman should have a safe and a nearest place to give birth,” she said.
District Medical Officer for Chikwawa Winnie Mhone said she is optimistic the vehicle would help to speed up delivery of emergency cases from the clinic to the district hospital, thereby save lives.
“During deliveries a lot of things happened but then since this hospital will have its own ambulance we are assured that emergencies will be treated accordingly,” Mhone said.
The cheque was handed over to Chikwawa District Commissioner’s office. In his remarks, Country Director for Hunger Project, Rowlands Kaotcha thanked their partners who make their job easier.
“It’s not easy to do our job without the help of our partners , we believe this ambulance will change a lot of things at this clinic” he said.
However Kaotcha says once all the paper work is finalized the ambulance will delivered to the health facility.