Saving lives on International Women’s Day

In an effort to reduce infant mortality, the Algarve’s former business women’s association Network raised enough money to purchase 27 maternity sterilisation kits to be sent to the once Portuguese colony São Tomé and Príncipe.

A charity dinner was held on International Women’s Day (March 8) at the Holiday Inn in Armação de Pêra in aid of the Mames and Mininus Project, which supports young women and newborn babies in the area of Lembe (São Tomé and Príncipe) where there is one of the highest infant mortality rates.

As part of the project, Portuguese airline TAP fly vital maternity sterilisation packs, such as those the dinner funded, at no cost as and when they are requested.

Founder of the charity, Isabel Lopes, also wife of the Rotary Governor, was delighted with the support received for the project.

The dinner was also considered a success for the former Network association which saw its first reunion after nine years, with over 50 women of all ages and from many corners of the globe in attendance to celebrate the special day.

Photo: Isabel Lopes and former Network President Linda Smith, who helped organise the event, were thrilled with the outcome of the event