Health Commission, JHPIEGO, embark on VMMC Clinic works in Chikwawa

Health Commission, JHPIEGO, embark on VMMC Clinic works in Chikwawa

The Catholic Health Commission of the Diocese of Chikwawa in conjunction with JHPIEGO on Wednesday 7th April 2021, commissioned commencement of works to refurbish structures at Misomali health Centre meant to be a clinic for male medical circumcision.

The function that was led by the social service director for the diocese was meant to acquaint all the stakeholders and players of the works to be done

During the function members toured and appreciated the state of the existing structures and engaged the contractor to share the scope of the work that was to be done.

Upon it’s the completion the structure that was initially an antenatal section of the facility will be turned into a mini operating theatre for circumcision, an office and a storeroom. In return another defunct office will be extended to become an antenatal clinic.

Speaking after the engagement, Fr Matthews Semba who is the director of Social services thanked JHPIEGO for the funding of this work.

“We are so grateful to JHPIEGO who is the prime recipient from USAID for this initiative. While this will help in making sure that our people get quality services, it will also go a long way in face-lifting the health facility” Semba said.

On his part JHPIEGO deputy Chief of Party for EMPOWER project Dr Ronald Wandira thanked all stakeholders who were present at the event and their contributions towards the implementation of this project.

The function was also attended by Fr Peter Ntayamanja who is the parish priest of Misomali and a member of the hospital management, Davie Chimwaza the coordinator for Catholic health commission, members from the district health office and staff from Misomali health Centre.

The works will be done by ZMB Civil engineering.

Catholic health commission is a sub recipient from USAID to implement an EMPOWER project whose main activity is medical male circumcision. JHPIEGO is the prime recipient of the project. Through the project, a campaign is championed to encourage more men and young boys to go for circumcision considering that there are many medical benefits for doing so.

Here are some images from the ceremony.

Stakeholders sharing notes at the ceremony.
Officials follow the proceedings.
One of the structures at the facility.
Officials pose in front of one of the Clinic.