Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Airtel 'Ladies' Support Children With Cancer

AIRTEL Tanzania through its DIVA programme presented various items to the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in support to children suffering from cancer.

The firm's Director of Communications, Ms Beatrice Singano, said items donated ranged from a computer to hygiene equipment and working facilities.

"This event shows one of the Airtel's strategies of being close to the community and workers' admission that it is the community that has brought the company where it is. "We know the challenges that face this ward as well as other wards and this will not be the last event.

Airtel and its workers will continue to do the same and go to upcountry regions," she said. DIVA programme brings together all Airtel women staff to support the company's efforts and its commitment to the society. Ms Singano said she believed that the move would be emulated by other companies and stakeholders.

The head of Mother and Child Health Department at MNH, Dr Surende Kuboja, echoed Ms Singano's words and called other good Samaritans to support the hospital, particularly children with cancer complication ward.

The Ward Manager, Ms Julitha Mbwambo, said the Airtel's support would help to minimise some of the problems and challenges they face when attending the cancer patients at the ward.

Some of the parents whose children are admitted at MNH said their children were not only in need of support, but they also need comfort from society in their life.

"Life becomes very tough here especially while you are nursing a child with cancer. Most of us were not prepared to face these hardships, hence we really need assistance," said Ms Zuwena Lisele, one of the parents who deeply thanked Airtel, through its DIVA programme.

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