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Traditional leader praises CCJP during ADC Meeting
Misuku Kakomo ADC Applauds CCJP’s Health Governance Project

By Nyozomo Gondwe

Kakomo Area Development Committee (ADC) has hailed CCJP for its Health Governance Project, saying the project has benefited the community as its fruits are visible as compared to other projects in the area. This was revealed during the monthly ADC meeting that took place at Misuku Women Forum on 5th May 2018.

Traditional leader praises CCJP during ADC Meeting
Traditional leader praises CCJP during ADC Meeting

Presenting a report to the ADC as per requirement, Chief Mwenemisuku said, Misuku Health Centre has received an ambulance and 15 beds from the District Health Office due to the pressure they had been receiving from the community after knowing their health rights through CCJP Health governance project.

Misuku Health Centre receives new beds
Misuku Health Centre receives new beds
Misuku Health Centre has a new ambulance
Misuku Health Centre has a new ambulance

 

 

 

 

 

 “I want to inform the house that our Health Centre has received 15 beds and an ambulance from the four ambulances that have been donated by Government of Canada through Integrated Pathways for Improving Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (InPATH) project,” said Mwenemisuku.

“This has not just come on a Silver platter. It is because CCJP has through their numerous meetings enlightened and empowered us on our health rights.  I was once, together with the ADC Chairperson and Health facility Advisory Committee (ADC) members, called to an interface meeting with women and the youth where we were forced to go and talk to the District Health Officer on the issue of ambulance. Today am happy that through the same meeting, our prayer has been answered,” said the traditional leader.

“We are now key actors in our development as compared to the past when we were passive recipients of services.” he said.

He further advised other organisations to emulate CCJP by making sure that their projects’ resources benefit the citizenry as opposed from enriching themselves.

Concurring the Chief, Kakomo ADC Chairperson, Baxter Silungwe applauded CCJP for building the capacity of citizens to the level where they can, themselves, actively monitor health service delivery and take appropriate action in cases of lapses in the system.

“We are now aware of the roles of the office DHO and the In-charge at the Health Centre; how one can get in touch with its officials; what services to expect and how to seek a remedy if something goes wrong,” he said

Misuku Health Advisory Committee Chairperson, Macmillan Ghambi assured the members that they will keep on representing the community to realise their right to health which revolves around availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality services.

“A country’s difficult financial situation does not absolve it from protecting health rights. No country can justify failure to respect its obligations because of lack of resources.” observed Ghambi.

CCJP is implementing a Health Governance in Misuku with funds from Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).

CCJP Uses Football Competition as a Platform for Promoting Health Rights

By Wezi Mwangonde

The Justice and Peace Desk of the Catholic Diocese of Karonga has said the strategy of football competitions to mobilize community members in rural areas has helped in the sustainability of the Health governance project.

Catechist Francis Sichali, leader of CCJP Health Governance Project volunteers revealed to Tuntufye FM at Mpata in Karonga District that most community members shun away from meetings they organize hence the message they disseminate does not reach out to many.

A cross-section of supporters captured during the activity

He added that knowing that football attracts many people, they decided to use it as a way of empowering rural communities on health rights for them to participate effectively in the management of public health services.

Speaking at the same function, Moses Mwakisalu, a CCJP official, urged traditional leaders in the area to help their members understand health rights in order to demand quality health services which is the major aims of the project.

“Mpata is a rural area, therefore football bonanza as one of the local activities helps to mobilize community members thereby  communicating health governance rights effectively’’ said Mwakisalu.

Concurring with Mwakisalu, one of the football prayers of Nkhando FC Hasting Mwakapeye said many people came to the health governance bonanza because CCJP involved local teams which is the best way of delivering messages to people in rural areas.

“I am personally very impressed with the strategy that CCJP has put forward and the message has been delivered” said Mwakapeye.

The football bonanza was between Lupaso and Nkhando FC, at the end of the bonanza Nkhando FC emerged victors.

CCJP is empowering people in health governance project with funding from Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)

Picture of a cross section of participants during a youth and women conference in Karonga
CCJP Empowers Youth and Women to Demand Quality Health Services

By Norbert Mzembe

The Justice and Peace Desk of Karonga Diocese has empowered the youth and women to demand quality health services from public health facilities in Karonga District.

Moses Mwakisalu, one of the facilitators from the Justice and Peace Desk, said the organization has learnt that women and youth in the district face challenges to access quality health services in various health facilities. He further said, the youth and women do not demand for these services due to lack of capacity.

Mwakisalu mentioned that the population of this country largely comprises of the youth who contribute much to the development of the nation hence the need for them to participate in decision making processes that would help improve their health standards.

“It is for this reason that we have empowered the youth in Karonga District to accessibility of high quality health services for all regardless of their age,” said Mwakisalu.

He said, “We are training these youths and women to be knowledgeable in health issues because they are the heaviest users of health services. In most cases they are deprived of their right to health services by duty bearers due to ignorance.”

He further expressed optimism that following the training, youth and women in Karonga District will now be able to enjoy health services being offered in the district by demanding accountability from duty bearers where necessary.

Karonga District Youth Officer (DYO), Jessie Mwansambo, commended the initiative by the CCJP saying it will really transform the living standards of the youths.

“We as the DYO, we are behind the initiative and my office will negotiate with the district council to give room for the youths to address their concerns pertaining to the challenges they are facing when accessing health services,” said Mwansambo.

She emphasized that being the leaders of today and tomorrow, youths deserve quality health services so that they can contribute effectively to the development of the nation.

Commenting on the matter, chairperson of the Health Service Committee for Karonga District Council, McDonald Tengamowa Munthali, urged the participants to collaborate with Health Advisory Committees in their areas. He also urged them to channel their complaints on health service delivery to the District Council.

The CCJP is empowering the youths and women to participate in the management of public health services through its Osisa funded health governance project. The project is being implemented in Karonga and Chitipa districts.