Commonwealth medical equipment donated to Africa

Businesswoman Ann Gloag, founder of the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, said they were grateful to Glasgow 2014 for donating the equipment to help their teams working in Africa. 'Picture: Jane Barlow

Businesswoman Ann Gloag, founder of the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, said they were grateful to Glasgow 2014 for donating the equipment to help their teams working in Africa. 'Picture: Jane Barlow

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AROUND £10,000 of unused medical equipment originally meant for athletes at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be donated to help women and children in Africa.

Perth-based charity Freedom From Fistula Foundation is to benefit from a range of supplies including stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors and thermometers.

The foundation provides free maternity care and surgery to help women injured in childbirth and works in a range of Commonwealth countries including Kenya, Malawi and Sierra Leone.

The donated equipment was formerly part of the Glasgow 2014 Polyclinic, which looked after the health of athletes and officials who stayed in the athletes’ village during the Games.

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 chief executive, said: “We’re really proud to be able to contribute in a small way to the vital and transformative work for Commonwealth women undertaken by this small but empowering Scottish charity.

“The foundation is changing the lives not just of thousands of individual women, but also those of their families and communities, and I am delighted we are able to contribute in a practical way.”

Businesswoman Ann Gloag, founder of the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, said: “We are so grateful to Glasgow 2014 for donating this equipment to help our teams working in Africa.

“The equipment will make a substantial difference to our maternity and fistula projects in the Commonwealth countries we work in, and will ensure the continuing legacy of Glasgow 2014 beyond Scotland.”

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