Empowered healthcare in Africa will never be fully realized without peace, says philanthropist Pascal Mukadi.
“War and conflict can throw a nation’s healthcare into turmoil” says the founder & head of the Pascal Mukadi Foundation (PMF), a Johannesburg-based NGO with operations across Africa. “This is far, far too often the case on the continent”.
He noted the recent conflict in the Ethiopian region of Tigray as but the latest example of how Africa’s ongoing struggle with ethnic strife compounds the continent’s healthcare woes.
A recent tragedy reported by the BBC underscores this reality. Letai Tsegay, a 29 year-old woman, died while giving birth to twins. She, her husband & 3 other children had gone into hiding in the bush in order to flee the fighting between Tigrayan rebels & government soldiers.
With the help of a woman with whom Tsegay had gone into hiding, the two girls were delivered successfully. Letai, however, struggled with postnatal complications, suffering continued blood loss. She died 10 days after giving birth. Her husband, Abraha Kinfe, reportedly noted that her death could have been prevented by a simple injection – one which would have been readily available had they had access to a maternity clinic.
“Sadly, tragedies such as these play out on a daily basis across Africa” notes Mukadi.
“Since independence, we’ve lost entire generations to conflict.”
“Through PMF, we’re trying to help save the next generation.”
Established in 2020, the Pascal Mukadi Foundation partners with governments, NGOs, private investors & other entities to build & strengthen healthcare infrastructure across Africa. PMF has launched its efforts by providing affordable maternity services to women. Through the Mono-Priced Clinics initiative, PMF offers a full range of healthcare support – including prenatal, perinatal & postnatal assistance to poor & disadvantaged women. Once the children are born, the foundation
also facilitates early childhood development support & foster care.
“Women & children are among Africa’s most vulnerable citizens” warns Mukadi. “More often than not, it is they who suffer the heaviest burdens in our societies.”
“That’s why we’re investing heavily in their welfare.” He hopes that African governments will partner with his efforts by, among other things, ramping up their efforts to promote peace & stability.
“Africa’s potential is being hindered by our inability to unite behind a common agenda” Mukadi says, adding that PMF will seek to play a holistic role in the countries where it operates.
“We want to do more than just improve access to healthcare. We want to promote nation-building.”
Written by: Mambande Thomas
Editor MFM Media)