Image courtesy of Raising Malawi
Fulfilling a commitment she made on her first visit to Malawi back in April 2006, Madonna will open the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care on Tuesday, July 11, in the town on Blantyre. It will be the first of its kind in the Southern African nation.
The center is appropriately named for Madonna’s Malawian-born, adopted daughter, and is a partnership between the Malawian Health Ministry and her charitable organization Raising Malawi.
“Malawi has enriched my family more than I could have ever imagined,” says the singer and tireless activist. “It’s important for me to make sure all my children from the country maintain a strong connection to their birth nation, and equally important to show them that together, humans have the power to change the world for the better.”
The Institute will allow for double the number of surgeries to be performed on children annually. And perhaps even more importantly, it will act as a specialized training center for local doctors, equipping them with urgently needed pediatric surgical skills. With nearly half the country’s population under the age of 15, and an alarming shortage of surgeons, Mercy James could not be more imperative, surely saving many lives that might have otherwise been lost.
Madonna continues, “When you look into the eyes of children in need, wherever they may be, a human being wants to do anything and everything they can to help. I’d like to thank everyone who has joined me on this unbelievable journey. What started out as a dream for Malawi and her children has become a reality, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.”
Donations can be made at this link.