GAIA gives scholarship to 20 nursing students

By Hawa Malishe:

 Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) has given out Nursing Scholarship to 20 students at St Luke’s College of Health science in Zomba.

This is the first time that GAIA has provided scholarship to the college having provided the same to other colleges.

Speaking Friday during the award of scholarships to the 20 deserving students at St Luke Nursing College Board member of GAIA, Dr  Kaponda Masiye said  the scholarship were part of the efforts in bridging the gap of training more health workers in the country.

Dr Masiye said the country’s heath system faces a number of challenges among which is training of sufficient health workers.

 “Improved health delivery is our core mandate and as organisation, we also have the duty to ensure there is efficiency and improved health delivery system. To achieve that, training of health workers is paramount.

“Our target is to help orphans and vulnerable children by providing them with education support through the provision of scholarship   and ensure they don’t drop out of school but to finish and serve the country in the health system,” said Dr Masiye.

The Board Chair assured of continued support to the health system through provision of scholarships.

Bishop Brighton Vitta Malasa of the upper shire Anglican Church that owns the college commended GAIA for the scholarships.

 Bishop Malasa said the support would, apart from contributing to the improved delivery of health services, also increase number of trained health officers.

“This support will inspire our students to work hard in their studies and become well behaved nurses and midwifes and bring a change in our health system,” said Malasa.

He advised the deserving students to work hard and also have Christian values and portray good behaviours.

Director of Nursing and Midwifery services in the Ministry of Health, Charity Kasawala hailed Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance for complimenting to government’s efforts of increasing number of trained health personnel.

Kasawala said many students were dropping out of college due to lack of support and described  the scholarship as timely.

Catherine Kadiwa a first year student and one of the recipients said with the support, she would be able to finish her studies.

The Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance is a local nongovernmental organization established in 2000 to respond to the global HIV and AIDS epidemic. GAIA has provided over 600 nursing scholarships in various nursing colleges in Malawi.

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