Madonna visits Malawi for opening of hospital children’s wing

Madonna visits Malawi for opening of hospital children’s wing
Madonna visits Malawi for opening of hospital children’s wing

Madonna was in Malawi on Tuesday for the official opening of a hospital children’s wing funded by her charity and named after one of the four children the pop star has adopted from the impoverished southern African nation. The Mercy James Institute for Paediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, located at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre, was built in collaboration with Malawi’s health ministry.  It has already started some activities, and Madonna said last week that the institute had completed its first surgery. President Peter Mutharika also attended the opening, unveiling a plaque with the singer. The four children adopted from Malawi are David Banda, Mercy James, Stella and Esther and the children’s wing was named after 11-year-old Mercy. 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, building schools and funding 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.

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