On 23 January 2008, the Aurora Foundation made the decision to finance a children‘s wing at the Mangochi District Hospital in the African nation Malawi. The contribution amounts to EUR 220,000, equivalent to ISK 20 million based on the currency exchange rate in January 2008. The board explained the reason for the decision:
“It is imperative to improve and strengthen health-care services in Malawi, in particular for children. Ten percent of all newborn children die and and seventeen percent die before reaching their fifth birthday. This must certainly change, and the Aurora Foundation intends to play a role in improving health-care services at the children‘s ward of the Mangochi District Hospital in Malawi.
“The Foundation Board visited the site in the autumn of 2007. After returning home the board decided to work cooperatively with the district hospital‘s management and the government of Malawi to significantly improve conditions for patients and staff at the children‘s ward. A contractor, well known to the Icelandic International Development Agency, has been hired to implement the plan. The board of Aurora closely follows the project‘s progress, and is convinced that it will be of great benefit to the children in Mangochi and their parents.”