MRA’s Compassionate Gesture: Shielding Hope in Malawi’s Pediatric Oncology War

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Once again, a different kind of hope is shining brightly within the confines of the pediatric oncology ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi. In a heartwarming departure from its usual role of tax collection, the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has recently shown its compassionate side by generously donating a substantial quantity of mosquito nets to the courageous young cancer patients receiving treatment at the hospital. This timely contribution from MRA came just when the old, worn-out mosquito nets needed replacement.

“In the warm, tropical climate of Malawi, especially during the hot month of September, mosquitoes are an ever-present nuisance. While for some, these insects may merely be an annoyance with their continuous buzzing, for these young oncology patients, mosquitoes represent a significant threat. In this scorching season, almost everyone, especially children, tends to sleep with less or no covering, making them more susceptible to mosquito bites than at any other time of the year. This increased vulnerability, coupled with their already compromised immune systems, increases the risk of contracting malaria, adding an extra layer of concern to their already challenging health battles. That’s why we felt it was crucial to provide mosquito nets here to protect these children from malaria,” explained Ken Mkulichi, an official from MRA. Through this donation of mosquito nets, MRA has not only contributed to infection prevention, with a specific focus on malaria, but also the gift of peaceful sleep, which we believe can significantly aid in their recovery. 

Photo: Sister Elizabeth M’gawana receiving the donated mosquito nets
Photo: Ken Mkulichi showcasing one of the donated mosquito nets

Amid the numerous challenges faced by these resilient young souls, the unexpected and heartwarming gesture of donating mosquito nets by MRA serves as a symbol of solidarity and care from an unlikely source. At World Child Cancer, we are reminded that sometimes the most profound heroes come in unexpected forms. MRA’s willingness to collaborate with us and contribute mosquito nets for the patients has filled us with excitement and gratitude. 

Bravo MRA! 

We call for more support. Together we can make a difference.  

We are incredibly grateful to the Malawi Revenue Authority for their support. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of young cancer patients.

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