Saturday 19 August 2017

Madonna says Malawi hospital wing is ‘just the beginning’

Madonna said she was grateful to everyone who made the centre possible.

Madonna and her daughter Mercy James (Thoko Chikondi/AP)
Madonna and her daughter Mercy James (Thoko Chikondi/AP)

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

Madonna has declared the opening of her hospital children’s wing in Malawi an “overwhelming success”, and said it is just the beginning.

The Queen of Pop travelled to the African country this week for the launch of The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, which was funded by her charity.

Writing on Instagram, she said she was “so grateful” to those that helped with the centre, which was built in collaboration with Malawi’s health ministry and named after one of her own adopted children.

Madonna, 58, wrote: “The Opening of Mercy James Center was an overwhelming success.

“Im so grateful to all who made it possible!!

“But this is only the beginning. We continue to need your help!!”

The star shared a video clip showing the opening of the centre, which is located at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, and also posted pictures of her family at the launch.

Madonna said she never imagined she would build a paediatric hospital.

“It’s wonderful to raise money,” she said. “It’s amazing to raise awareness.

“But we are here to raise Malawi.”

The singer has adopted four children from Malawi – David Banda, Mercy James and twins Stella and Esther. She is also mother to biological children Rocco and Lourdes.

Madonna’s charity, Raising Malawi, was founded in 2006 to address the poverty and hardship endured by the country’s orphans and other vulnerable children.

It has built schools and funded the new paediatric unit, which began construction in 2015 and includes three operating rooms dedicated to children’s surgery, a day clinic and a 45-bed ward.

Press Association

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