Phalombe District will soon have mobile clinics as one way of improving health services courtesy of Global Aids Interfaith Alliance (GAIA).
Speaking at a District Executive Committee Meeting GAIA project officer, Alice Bvumbwe said the aim of the mobile clinic project is to prevent the spread of HIV and improve quality of life of thousands of people living with HIV in rural areas.
According to Bvumbwe, the clinics will among other things, provide health education and counselling, diagnose and treat minor ailments, provide HIV counselling and testing, rapid malaria testing and treatment, growth monitoring, ante natal and post natal services, offer family planning services and provide referral networks in the district.
She added that through similar clinics, young women, many of them orphaned are granted the opportunity to an education through nursing scholarships that build the country’s nursing corps and empower women to become agents of change in their communities.
In his remarks, the Acting Director of Planning and Development Isaac Mkandawire applauded GAIA for identifying Phalombe as one of the beneficiary districts in Malawi saying it will greatly improve the well-being of inhabitants who crave for better health facilities.
GAIA plans to start operating in two Traditional Authorities of Nkhulambe and Chiwalo with 10 operational centers.
The programme is funded by Elizabeth AIDS Taylor Foundation in USA and other partners.