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Malawi Against Physical Disabilities (Map) has called for more support towards equipping the facility to improve its delivery services.

Map Board member, Abdul Aziz Yasin disclosed that the facility needs an extension to accommodate more physically challenged persons, a new gym and vehicles.

Yasin made the appeal on Wednesday when Airtel donated to the facility 50 tricycles and 50 wheelchairs worthy K7 million.

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“Let me ask other well-wishers to emulate the example as demonstrated by Airtel Malawi to help Map not only in mobility issues of tricycle or wheelchair, but also other equipment the institution may require. Our vehicles have outlived their life span, and although support from government is there, but is not enough,” Yasin said.

He, however, said that the donated items will help the beneficiaries access various socio-economic services across the country.

Airtel Zonal Business Manager for the South, Leslie Tsilizani, said the company is committed to improve the welfare of the physically challenged to become independent and productive citizens.

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Tsilizani then disclosed that they are looking for long term relationship with the organisation, to support more physically challenged people in rehabilitation, resources, treatment and education.

“Airtel as a brand, we are involved in music and sport, so we said we are a caring brand, the champion of inclusivity, why don’t we get to assist our colleagues who are physically challenged for them to also enjoy social responsibilities. So this is a partnership and we strongly believe to continue working with Map to support more people,” Tsilizani said.

Map was created by the Ministry of Health in 1979 to provide medical rehabilitation services to physically challenged people. The organisation has its centres in Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Rumphi.

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