Malawi’s pioneer mobile network and ICT services provider, TNM Plc, has contributed K6 million to Society of Medical Doctors (SMD) towards this year’s annual lakeshore conference.
The recent conference was held under the theme: “The Doctor’s Role on Disaster Preparedness in Malawi, ” at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi.
Madalitso Jonazi, TNM’s Head of Brand and Marketing said that the contribution underscores the telco’s appreciation of doctors’ value in shaping the wellbeing of communities.
“TNM puts keen interest in issues that bind our communities together and uphold wellness of Malawians. Doctors are integral in the provision of excellent healthcare services that cut across every individual in the country, therefore, we saw it befitting to support the conference,” said Jonazi.
He said that through the donation, TNM highlights its commitment towards sustaining the positive contribution of doctors in the development of the country.
“Doctors play a critical role in the overall growth of Malawi. They are constantly involved in scientific and biological research to find solutions to crucial medical health issues that if left unattended deter developmental progress,” he said.
He said the conference agenda adds great value towards preparedness of disasters that have been rampant for the past recent years.
“We are all aware of the havoc that disasters have caused in the country. Disasters challenge the delivery of medical care services and practitioners are always the last hope for casualties. Therefore, we believe that the conference will provide great insights on steady preparations in times of disasters,” added Jonazi.
Secretary General for SMD, Dr. Parth Patel said that expressed optimism that the conference will provide a good platform for medical doctors to share new measures that could reduce impact of disasters in the country.
“Over the last couple of years Malawi have had occurrences of disasters that affected people resulting in loss of lives and properties. We believe that this conference will stimulates ideas from doctors to get ourselves prepared for disasters,” said Patel.
Expressing his gratitude to TNM, Patel said that the collaboration will help the country to have effective medical measures support provision of healthcare services during disaster.
“We are very grateful to TNM for this partnership which will help the conference achieve its intended purposes. To have such amount of money in this kind of economy is not a simple thing, the money will add value to the conference,” he said.
The conference will bring together 100 delegates comprising of Medical Doctors, Key Policy Makers, Researchers, and Academia from Government and Private Sector.
The Society of Medical Doctors (SMD) exists with the aim of providing a vehicle through which medical doctors can support the government and other players in their efforts to improve the delivery of health care in Malawi.
The society provides the space in which doctors can lobby and advocate for better health care systems on behalf of Malawians, through Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and annual conferences.