CSR- Health

Challenge:

Children’s cancer is a growing reality in Malawi. Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre is the only tertiary care center providing diagnosis and treatment for children with cancer in Malawi at the SOBO Oncology ward. The hospital diagnoses around 30% of the 1,000 expected annual cases in Malawi.

WHAT

  • Sobo Children’s cancer ward constructed by the company required support for the growing demand for treatment of Children’s cancer.

WHY

  • To improve the service conditions of the patients
  • Give support to the health workers
  • Show our support for the fight against children’s Cancer

HOW

We provide the following support;

  • Infrastructure support
  • Rehabilitation of the ward’s
  • Furnishing and beddings
  • Sobo Squash donations

IMPACT

  • 20 years of health care support (1998-2018)
  • Cancer treatment and service to children under the age of 18 years.
  • The ward admits between 25-30 patients
  • The ward see between 230-270 children on admission and outpatients

THE COCA-COLA FOUNDATION GRANTS SAVE THE CHILDREN MK 150,000,000 FOR CYCLONE IDAI DISASTER RELIEF

The Coca-Cola Foundation fulfilled its pledge to provide much needed funding to support disaster relief assistance to communities impacted by Cyclone Idai in Malawi.
The grant amounting to 150 million kwacha will be managed by the international NGO- Save the Children. The funding will support efforts towards the recovery and rehabilitation of flood affected children and their families. The relief efforts will focus on three of the mist affected districts, Zomba, Phalombe and Chikwawa.
The cheque handover ceremony took place at the Castel Malawi head office in Blantyre with members of the Coca-Cola Company and the recipients, Save the Children.

ShareHope Project

The ShareHope project is our company’s flagship health partnership project, and one which has made significant strides in supporting 3 key hospitals in Malawi. This project, targets Ekwendeni Mission, Queen Elizabeth Central and Zomba Central Hospital as the 3 main beneficiaries to receive medical equipment, medical supplies, medications, and educational support with a view to empowering health providers and their beneficiaries ever year. The equipment, brand new, is selected by hospital staff through an online inventory, which means that each hospital chooses, and receives according to their needs.

Our Partners

MedShare, do all the hard work of collecting, and packing of medical equipment, mostly through dedicated volunteers Citi-Hope International seek out critical pharmaceutical drugs and work closely with beneficiaries to ensure they receive what is needed The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation are the key sponsors, funding thousands of US Dollars each year to ensure safe delivery of containers and pharmaceutical drugs to our beneficiary hospitals Castel Malawi: we work closely with hospitals on the ground to ensure on time activation of all elements, and also fund and manage all logistical costs from the port (Beira) and also in-country logistics right to the hospitals’ doorsteps so to speak. Castel Malawi commits MK10-15million each year on this project which supports healthcare and humanitarian efforts in Malawi. The project runs from 2013 to 2017.

Health Partnerships

Partnership is one of the key pillars of our work with the community. Beverages are our business but if we are to have an impact, we acknowledge that we need to work with organizations that understand community needs and have experience of working with communities.

Through the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s (TCCAF) partnership with CitiHope, nearly K3 billion worth of medicines were delivered to Malawi, of which K600 million provided between August 2011 and April 2012 to 25 Government and Christian Health Association of Malawi Hospitals throughout the country.

In 2012, Castel Malawi partnered with the TCCAF and MedShare, an American-based charity, bringing 3 40 foot containers of biomedical supplies and consumables worth over MK150 million for Kamuzu Central Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and Mzuzu Central Hospital.

Sobo Oncology Ward

Since 1997, we have supported the children’s cancer ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. Our support over the years has included extension of the ward, construction of bathrooms and toilets, provision of bed-rests, trolleys, and other items necessary for the smooth running and comfort of young patients. Sobo Oncology ward also receives a ready supply of Malawi’s most loved Squash, Sobo Squash. The Sobo Oncology Ward is the only unit in Malawi dedicated to the treatment and care of childhood cancer in Malawi.

Malawi Blood Transfusion Service

Castel Malawi and The Malawi Blood Transfusion Service entered into an agreement in March 2016, where Castel Malawi donates 30 cases of soft drinks per month as part of supporting MBTS’s blood collection drive. The agreement also sees Castel Malawi working with MBTS to support quarterly blood drives from internal and external blood donors.

Speaking about this collaboration, Castel Malawi’s Marketing Director, Gwynyth Mchiela says: “Castel Malawi has long prioritized health in Malawi through its health programs, notably our Sobo Ward since 1997, and also through the ShareHope project since 2013. We are pleased to be able to support Malawi Blood Transfusion Service in its provision of a critical resource which is essential for Malawi’s hospitals”.

 

 

 

 

THE COCA-COLA FOUNDATION GRANTS SAVE THE CHILDREN MK 150,000,000 FOR CYCLONE IDAI DISASTER RELIEF

The Coca-Cola Foundation fulfilled its pledge to provide much needed funding to support disaster relief assistance to communities impacted by Cyclone Idai in Malawi.
The grant amounting to 150 million kwacha will be managed by the international NGO- Save the Children. The funding will support efforts towards the recovery and rehabilitation of flood affected children and their families. The relief efforts will focus on three of the mist affected districts, Zomba, Phalombe and Chikwawa.
The cheque handover ceremony took place at the Castel Malawi head office in Blantyre with members of the Coca-Cola Company and the recipients, Save the Children.