Epicenter Advancements and HIV/AIDS Program Expansion by THP-Malawi in 2012
Update to the Global Board
THP-Malawi registered three successful financial partnerships and fully completed phase one processes of Majete 1 Epicenter. Following the release of the four Strategic Initiatives by the Global Board, THP-Malawi conducted a follow-through process with its staff to internalize, adapt and align THP-Malawi’s work to the Four Strategic Initiatives. During the reporting period, all of Malawi faced acute fuel shortages and high inflation rates, which exerted a negative impact on THP-Malawi’s operations.
- Kachindamoto Epicenter solar electricity and water project complete: A borehole was drilled, a water tower with a 5,000-liter tank and solar-powered water pump were installed, and water connected to both the epicenter health center and nurses’ quarters. Each of these components will contribute to the epicenter’s ability to provide basic health services, generate income and become a sustainably self-reliant community.
- Public-private partnership for Mpingo Epicenter maternity wing: Following the donation of K3Million (approx. US$20,000) worth of maternity equipment from Telecom Networks Malawi (TNM) and provision of personnel and needed medication by Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) during the quarter, combined with the construction of a 5,000-liter water tower by THP-Malawi, Mpingo Epicenter rural maternity wing was opened on December 16, 2011, during a colorful event attended by officials from TNM, THP-Malawi, Blantyre District Health Management Team and Assembly, community leadership, and about 800 community members. The health facility has a four-bed fully equipped modern delivery room, a 10-bed prenatal ward and a 10-bed postnatal ward. Read about the first delivery there below under Partner Story.
- Benefits of Champiti Epicenter Antiretroviral (ARV) Therapy program extended to children: There are now 20 children receiving the Government of Malawi’s free ARVs through the Champiti Epicenter clinic, a program dually supported by THP and the Malawi Government.
- Majete 1 Epicenter Phase One Process successfully completed: Majete Phase I processes were successfully completed with all agreed indicators of progress fully accomplished. The final baseline survey report was released during the reporting period and shared with stakeholders. The report has fully justified the relevance of THP’s work in the area. The epicenter showed great vibrancy and three programs, namely Food Security, the Microfinance Program (MFP) and HIV/AIDS, were rolled out during the last quarter of 2011.