thousand years ago, when there was no
health service in Palestine, Jesus touched
the lives of large numbers of people and
brought healing of body, mind and soul
wherever He went.
Today in Malawi - as in many of the poorer countries where organised health care is extremely limited
- Jesus is still bringing compassion, care and healing through His people.
Zambesi Mission supports the Zambesi Evangelical Churches in operating a number of rural health centres
all of which seek to serve the local communities in the context of the Gospel. Resources, however, are
extremely basic. The need is always great but the service the clinics can give is often restricted by
lack of equipment, furnishings and medicines.
The clinics presently operating are at ~
are active and serving many people across wide areas
lack basic supplies and some have very inadequate buildings.
you able to help us to support the Malawian Christians in this vital work for Jesus?
Mitsidi Health Centre
ZM's support is presently being channelled in a number of ways including -
Capital assistance for basic buildings,
renovations and extensions. A recent example is the maternity block added to the Mitsidi Clinic for
which ZM was
to give grants for help with the buildings and some equipment. The local chief came to express his gratitude
to ZEC/ZM for all the developments at Mitsidi "which are providing such a life-saving service especially
for malaria patients who are treated right away and within 2 or 3 days are better and can return home".
Inside the new Mitsidi Maternity Unit
Some of the recently installed facilities
The list show the range
of tools and equipment needed in all the Centres; most of the items are available (usually at very little cost) in Malawi
...but not the funds!
scissors, thermometers, supplies of cotton
hot water bottles, plastic trays, stethoscope, forceps,
paracetamol 500mg x 1000
towels, buckets & mops
baby cots & mattresses, bedpans
There are many other needs!
Teams of trained
medical assistants go out from most ZEC health centres to hold clinics in the villages, providing basic health care for under fives, pregnant women and new mothers.
The need is great and increasing all the time.
In spite of the Orphan Day Care Centre at Ntonda looking after 100 children (soon to rise to 140) barely a quarter of the local
youngsters identified in a recent census as needing help are being cared for. (Please
see Orphan Care)
Recently 28 chiefs attended a meeting at Nthorowa Health Centre to discuss setting up ODC there! It
is hoped to get this further scheme underway by June 2006.
"KIDS FOR KIDS"
At present only one child per
family is catered for at Ntonda Day Care Centre so a scheme
now gives assistance to the whole family, particularly child-headed households where both parents have
see Relief & Development). It supplies two goats
and five chickens per family together with guidance in animal care and has a number of advantages.
no staffing required
no ongoing costs
kid goats are bred from which other families can benefit
the recipients have to ask for help and build an adequate shelter for the animals before receiving the
goats, thus identifying fully with the scheme