Centenary Bank Limited formerly known as MyBucks Banking Corporation has donated K5, 000, 000 to the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Malawi (AOGM) to assist pregnant women who have lost their homes and medical records due to cyclone Freddy.
Speaking on the sidelines of the handover ceremony of the donation which was held on Monday in Blantyre Centenary Bank Limited Head of Retail and SME Banking, Mayamiko Kalizang’omasaid thathis bank decided to focus on pregnant women in order to help in protecting the unborn babies among other things.
“Actual life starts at pregnancy and we would not want the unborn babies to not receive the necessary attention.
“The bank believes that the K5,000,000 donation will go a long way in providing urgent support to pregnant women in order to protect the unborn babies, this is in line with the bank’s mission of making people’s lives better through social impact,” Kalizang’oma said.
He also said that, As Centenary Bank Limited they understand that many pregnant women have lost everything and may need support to have basic items to prepare for the birth of their children hence the donated funds would assist them to buy the basic items.
“We believe the funds will go a long way in providing these pregnant women with birth preparedness packages that include essential items such as; zitenje, basins, torches, baby clothing and other necessary needs,” he said.
Receiving the donation, AOGM Head of Department, Dr. Luis Gadama expressed his gratitude for the donation saying that the focus on pregnant women was much needed.
“The focus on pregnant women is much needed, and the donation will help in providing urgent attention and care to this group.
“It is hoped that more organizations will follow Centenary Bank’s lead in focusing on often overlooked segments of the population when providing relief efforts,” Gadama said.
He also explained that over the past week AOGM had provided antenatal care services to 165 pregnant women affected by cyclone Freddy and he said that the donation from Centenary Bank Limited would help them to support more expectant mothers hit by cyclone.