MoneyGram boosts healthcare in Kisii

July 6, 2012
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The free medical clinic was organised by MoneyGram International and its agent banks in Kenya as part of MoneyGram’s focus on community support for families/COURTESY

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – More than 2,000 residents of Kisii benefited from free medical services after a medical camp held last Sunday brought together a team of 30 doctors, nurses and general practitioners.

The free medical clinic was organised by MoneyGram International and its agent banks in Kenya as part of MoneyGram’s focus on community support for families.

The clinic targeted women and children but also extended the services to men and the most prevalent diseases treated included upper respiratory infections, gynecological conditions, malaria, typhoid and skin infections with free eye and dental care also provided.

MoneyGram International’s Regional Director Southern and Eastern Africa Region Anton Luttig said community support for families is a priority.

“Organising initiatives that help strengthen relationships with consumers is part of MoneyGram’s commitment to communities that rely on the company’s financial services,” he said.

“We would like to see all of the youth and families in Kisii in good health; we want them to fully live their lives as we continue to provide fast, safe and reliable money transfer services,” he added.

MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer company, enables consumers who are not fully served by traditional financial institutions to meet their financial needs and they have an active history of giving back to the communities around the world.

While the company’s corporate social responsibility primarily provides community support for education initiatives, the medical clinic for mothers and children in Kisii is important, as it helps ensure young children are healthy and prepared to learn when school resumes.

MoneyGram International agent banks in Kenya are Co-operative Bank, Diamond Trust Bank, Equity Bank, Imperial Bank, National Bank and Post Bank and they all helped sponsor the event.

While more than 1,000 mothers and youth received care, the clinic referred complicated cases to Kisii level 5 hospital and neighboring district hospitals for further consultations.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Health Committee Robert Monda, who is also the area MP, commended MoneyGram International while emphasizing the importance of safe and reliable money transfer services to ensure economic advancement of the area.

“The speed and safety of money transfers is paramount to match the fast pace of life in Kenya,” he said.

He further called on the government to ensure that all Kenyans can access affordable and quality healthcare, praising MoneyGram and its agents for providing much needed service to the community and urging them to continue with this noble cause.

MoneyGram offers money transfer services worldwide and bill payment services in the United States and Canada through a global network of more than 275,000 agent locations—including retailers, international post offices and financial institutions—in 194 countries and territories around the world.

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