A team of local and International surgeons are in the country to undertake free screening and surgeries at Queens and Kamuzu Central hospital.
Standard Bank Head of Marketing & Communications Thokozani Unyolo said the Bank thought of providing human resource to the team and has since contributed K4 million towards this year’s mission which started on July 26 and expected to end on August 7 at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
“Standard Bank believes that together we can do more to build Malawi that is why we came here today to help the volunteers in their work of providing treatment to the patients. The Bank appreciates the challenges that people are facing in accessing treatment.
“The Health sector continues to face challenges including the shortage of human resource and the coming in of these volunteers is as an opportunity for our patients to access treatment hence our financial and human resource support,” said Unyolo.
Unyolo said this support to Operation Smile underlines the Bank’s serious commitment towards contributing to the well-being of Malawians and directly towards the country’s health service.
“Standard Bank remains firmly committed to contributing to Malawi’s socio-economic development through direct assistance in the health sector. We will continue partnering Operation Smile for their initiative of providing free treatment to our brothers and sisters,” she said.
Operation Smile Operations Manager Ibrahim Nthalika thanked Standard Bank for the kind gesture saying the assistance will go a long way in helping to bring patients from across the country.
“We are very grateful to Standard Bank for the financial support and more importantly for coming here to assist the team and cheer our patients. We require resources to bring the patients here to undergo surgeries and these people come from different places and they require transport and accommodation,” said Nthalika.
Operation Smile volunteers provide free life-changing surgery and related healthcare as well hands-on training, lectures and symposiums that help uplift rural health care and build capacity with its partners.