Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Programme’s nurses were part of the National Nurses and Midwives’ celebrations that took place at Katuma Camp in Mulanje district on 12th May 2023.
Minister of Health Khumbize Kandoda Chiponda, who graced the occasion as the guest of honour, described nurses and midwives as the backbone of the health sector with their efforts impacting both the public and private sector.
Chiponda applauded nurses for deciding to take their celebrations out of the city to Katuma Camp to support survivors of the Cyclone Freddy with different health services.
“I am always grateful for the work that our nurses and midwives do. It is not an easy job, we had cholera amongst us, and we fought the disease together. Maternal death numbers are also declining significantly because of the efforts that our nurses, in collaboration with other cadres in the health sector, are investing,” said Chiponda.
The President for the National Organisation for Nurses and Midwives in Malawi (NONM) Charles Galang’anda Simeza said this year’s Nurses Day Celebration theme, “Our Nurses, Our Pride” underscores the importance of the nurses’ role in the national development.
Simeza appealed to nurses to be dedicated in discharging their duties, and for the government to motivate and empower nurses by giving them the required necessities for their work.
Among several others, MLW’s Clinical Department Lead Vella Chiudzu presented a gift of shoes to health workers who were also affected by the wrath of Cyclone Freddy.
The International Nurse’s Day celebration falls on 12th May every year.
Here are a few pictorial highlights of the event: