Christine Jardine, Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West, has praised the work of George Watson’s College for funding lifesaving equipment for preventing cervical cancer in Malawi.
The funding is a part of the Watson’s Malawi Partnership project, which seeks to strengthen ties between the school and organisations in Malawi, and will pay for a new thermal ablation device.
Ms Jardine described the new equipment as a ‘breakthrough opportunity’ for Malawi to defeat cervical cancer, which is responsible for taking the lives of 1600 women a year.
The Lib Dem MP also tabled a motion to Parliament to highlight the funding and what it will achieve. Following this, Ms Jardine commented:
‘We must applaud the incredible efforts of the pupils, staff and wider school community at George Watson’s College for advancing this life saving initiative.
“The new equipment will allow hospital staff in Malawi to identify and treat cervical cancer at an earlier stage, undoubtably saving hundreds of lives in the process.
“Cancer affects us all. So, any step that we can take to defeat it, in any part of the world, is a huge victory. I am delighted that George Watson’s have taken a lead in doing this”.