Norwegian Church Aid in Dowa

Dowa, August 9, 

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) has intensified health activities in Dowa with an overall goal of improving health within the district for the mother and child through the provision of quality maternal, neonatal and child health services, phycho-social support and quality health workers by 2015.

The different projects which are under one programme will be implemented at Madisi Hospital and communities around the hospital.

NCA Programme Coordinator, Tawonga Mwenifumbo, said the different projects which focus on health are under one programme that will be carried out as activities in districts that have been grouped into clusters.

Christian Aid in Malawi

Christian Aid in Malawi

The activities include procuring and distributing basic obstetric equipment and infection prevention materials, procuring and distributing bicycle and motorised ambulances, conducting trainings in family planning and other related issues, establishing committees on maternal and neonatal health and conducting outreach clinics.

Mwenefumbo said sustainability of the projects depends on the promotion of partnership with various stakeholders as well as community involvement.

As such, she encouraged communities to get involved in the project and utilise institutions such as the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM).

“Utilisation of CHAM institutions and other religious mother bodies as strategic partners, promotion of partnerships with relevant government departments and stakeholders, the use of decentralization structures and community involvement will help sustain the projects,” she said.

NCA which started operating in Malawi in 2002, works in areas of access to quality health care, gender based violence, resource and finance.

It is an economical and humanitarian organization mandated by churches and Christian organisations in Norway to work for a just world, by empowering the poor and challenging the worth and powerful.

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