Bank raises 187m/- for infant health

Barclays Tanzania has collected Sh187 million for CCBRT hospital and the Africa Medical and Research Foundation (Amref) through its ‘Step Ahead’ fundraising initiative.

The money will be used to support maternal and infant health in the country.

The bank raised the money with support from its corporate and community partners. Some Sh187 million was raised in cash while in-kind contributions worth Sh225 million were made.

Speaking at the ceremony to hand over cheques to the two institutions, Barclays’ Marketing and Communications head Neema Rose Singo, said the funds would assist both organisations in improving maternal and health services in many parts of the country.

“Barclays has adopted maternal and infant health as its flagship cause in Tanzania and our fund raiser initiative will continue to focus on social welfare,” she said.

She said that the money was shared equally between the two institutions.

For her part, CCBRT deputy chief executive officer Haika Mawalla thanked the bank for the support and pledged that the funds would be used according to plan.

“With these funds, we are able to reach more people in need of medical attention,” said Ms Mawalla .

She said the funds also will be allocated to buy theatre equipment and called upon women to show up for free treatment of fistula and various diseases including mouth open and provide free education on fistula to women in all walks of life.

Amref’s programmes manager Dr Beati Mboya said that these funds will be use to train more midwives on reproductive health, maternal and infant health education.

“These funds will go into supporting the improvement of human resources for health in Tanzania,” he said.

He further said that infant and maternal health, the bank has partnered with Plan and Care international to improve the quality of life for poor people by extending and developing access to basic financial services and with Junior Achievement (JA) on youth work-readiness programs.

Barclays Tanzania held its first Step-Ahead event in 2008 through which funds were raised and donated towards cancer treatment for children at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI). Introduced globally in 2004, Step-Ahead is a signature Barclays initiative which aims to create awareness and resources in support of community needs.
Source: The Citizen, reported by Veneranda Sumila from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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