By Donata Mpochela
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)– Music against Malaria, a non-profit organisation spearheaded by musicians Code Sangala and Annemarie Quinn on Tuesday,June 9, 2020 got the last consignment of their donation of two patient monitors worth MK2.5 million to Chikwawa district hospital.
The two patient monitors were not in stock with their supplier – Thofu Investment when they were making a donation of various equipment and other items to Chikwawa District Hospital in January this year.
Code famed for songs such as ‘Tithana’ and ‘Kumaziore’, said the grouping was happy to have finally made its commitment towards health care.
“This is a continuation of a mission to refurbish Chikwawa District Hospital Children’s Department. We had deliverables as you may recall from last year through our fundraiser where we raised about US$17,000. This is part of the whole process to be able to contribute towards the improvement of the health sector and our focus is on children,” Code said.
He said the two patient monitors had come courtesy of Cultures of Resistance headed by Brazilian filmmaker, Iara Lee, who was in the country last year and patronised Music against Malaria Festival as well as filmed the inaugural festival.
On what next for them, Code, said they were still working with National Malaria Programme looking for guidance.
“With Covid-19 pandemic things are yet not normal but after assessment we are ready to go out again,” he said.
Code also said they were ready to hold their second festival this year targeting October with the hope that the situation will have normalised.
Annemarie, said they were happy they have finished the deliveries now for Chikwawa District Hospital.
She said they will continue to use music as an art form for a cause.
“We have shown through the donation that music is a vehicle for raising funds and what it can do to see a positive change. We are thankful to different organisations and companies for the support,” Annemarie said.
Apart from the festival, Music against Malaria has also been organising different other arts activities including an exhibition to raise funds.
The organisation has in the past also donated to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.