British multinational telecommunications company, Vodafone has promised to donate 34bn/- to Tanzania, the amount which will be used to improve the emergency transport system for expecting mothers.
Speaking during the 77th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Vodafone Chief External and Corporate Affairs Officer, Mr Joachim Reiter said the telecom company has donated the amount as support to President Samia’s various initiatives to boost the economy.
“Private companies have a vital role in collaborating with the government to bring development and contribute to social welfare… the U.S. government through its agency, (USAID) also provides funds to private companies,” Mr Reiter said.
On his part, Vice President Dr Philip Mpango, who represented President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the meeting, said a total of 4,000 women and 65,000 children die every year due to the delay of obtaining emergency services where emergency transportation is included.
the Health Minister, Ummy Mwalimu who also accompanied the Vice-President said the aid will play a bigger role in enabling the ministry to accomplish one of its priority goals which is reducing maternal deaths.