China, a friend in need MRCS Presidents seems to say so during the hand over ceremony for the relief items in Lilongwe - Pic by Lisa Kadango Vintulla
The Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) started 2018 in style after the Chinese Red Cross Society equipped them with a donation of disaster response materials worth MK300 Million.
The Malawi Red Cross is expected to use the materials to respond to disasters in all areas across the country as one way of responding to emergencies that occurred in the country.
Charge’d’affaires of Chinese Embassy, Chen Wanbing said with the concerted efforts the donation would strengthen the humanitarian works for the Malawi Red Cross Society.
He said China and Malawi have been cooperating in the field of humanitarian aid and health aimed to create a better living condition for Malawian people as well as providing a conducive environment for Malawi’s social economic development.
“These goods could help the Malawi Red Cross Society to better protect human life and health in time of need,” said the Chinese Charge’d’affaires.
He pointed out that China is always willing to extend a helping hand whenever there is need from Malawi hence the donation.
“Malawi is faced with challenges mainly due to the changing weather pattern and food insecurity hence the donation is timely,” observed Wanbing.
Speaking at the function, MRCS President, Livison Changole thanked the Chinese Red Cross Society for the continued assistance and support to the Malawi Red Cross Society initiatives.
He said the donation would motivate and provide hope to those in need and broaden their scope of action.
“The donation will go a long way in building capacity by filling the existing gaps in all the areas of disaster management, first aid communications and general capacity building,” said Chingole.
Chingole added that the Chinese Red Cross Society has also pledged their support to build a 100 bed capacity training centre where among others it will help in the first aid training, training health workers, holding disaster management trainings and income generation for the National Society.
The donation included tents, blankets, kitchenware, sleeping bags, medical equipment, generator sets as well as computers and printers among others.