The second Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mothers’ Fun Run (MFR) sleepover challenge for this year is set to take place tonight at Ntcheu District Hospital, two weeks after the first challenge took place in Likoma on June 29.
Chess Association of Malawi president Susan Namangale is one of the people who have taken up the challenge to raise funds in aid of Ntcheu mothers.
“I accepted to take up the sleep over challenge to make a difference and be part of the initiative for safe motherhood in Malawi,” she said.
However, Namangale called upon friends of goodwill to sponsor her and be part of the initiative aimed to improve maternal health services at Ntcheu District Hospital and its satellite health centres.
NPL marketing manager Albert Banda said the sleepover challenge is one way of letting people know the tough conditions hospital staff and patience face.
The challenge also gives room for women to experience what fellow women in public labour wards
Ntcheu sleepover challenge will also take place on July 26, August 9 and August 30.
Since 2005, NPL has been implementing the MFR initiative which aims to improve safe motherhood in public hospitals across the country.
Apart from human resource shortages, Ntcheu District Hospital faces challenges of medical equipment and space for women who seek maternal health services at the hospital and also at health centres within the district.
This year, the initiative targets to raise K300 million and the proceeds will benefit Likoma and Ntcheu main hospitals and their satellite centres.