World Vision Malawi recently handed over a community health facility worthy K12.5 million in Msambanyali area of Traditional Authority Njema in Mulanje district.
The event which took place as people across the country are observing Child Health week comes as a response to an outcry from members of the community who experienced a lot of challenges due to lack of health facilities in the area which the nearest health facility was Muloza Health Centre at a distance of over 10 kilometers.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Project Manager for Njema Area of World Vision Caroline Kajawo said their organization aims at improving the welfare of children across the country hence the provision of developmental structures aimed at improving the lives of children.
“We as World Vision believe that children are the foundation of future development, as such we are always concerned about their welfare and that’s why we provide facilities such as these,” said Kajawo.
She observed that the success in the construction of the health facility was due to a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the organization and government which stipulated that government would take full care of the structure after its construction.
Taking his turn representative of the District Commissioner at the handover ceremony Suzgo Gondwe hailed the organization for its determination in developing lives of children in the district, which he said was a way to development.
The facility which was initially meant to offer under-five services only will also be providing other services such as Out Patients Treatment, HIV Testing and Counseling, Maternal Health, and Tuberculosis testing with technical expertise from GAIA and DAPP.
During the event World Vision Malawi, Global Interfaith Aids Alliance (GAIA), Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) and government through the District Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed ensuring sustainability of the new facility.