Written by Clement Oluwasegun
58-year-old singer, Madonna started planning to build a care ward a decade ago focusing doing a documentary on children with HIV in Malawi and she funded “Raising Malawi”.
The ward, which could accommodate 50 patients at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the country’s second-largest city, Blantyre, was named after one of the four children Madonna adopted from Malawi.
The ward is called “Mercy James Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care Ward”.
According to the UN, Raising Malawi is the first specialised health unit for children in the country of 18 million residents, which is among the 20 poorest in the world.
The name was inspired from her legal battle to adopt Mercy James in 2009 which she won.
The singer, who the President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, described as “a loving mother,” said:
“I am here to say never give up on your dream. Love conquers. If you do things with love in your heart, you will conquer. We can now have our children with heart conditions undergo surgery; this centre is our national pride.”