Community Health working Group Revamped in Neno

Health TWG in session Health TWG in session - pic by Steve Kalungwe

In a bid to strengthen coordination among different stakeholders working in health-related services in Neno, the District Hospital Management there has called on all Health Technical Working Group members to show commitment.

This was said during a District Health Technical Working Group interface where Neno District Hospital Community Health Coordinator Mathews Chikunkhuzeni said most non-governmental organizations working in health do not attend the meetings, a development which he said is not in line with the delivery of quality health services.

"We have organized this meeting with support from Save the Children-Italy through Beyond Our Hearts Foundation to discuss issues to do with cholera preparedness and response hence our call for all partners to be here, it is important to prepare together," said Chikunkhuzeni.

The Community Health Coordinator further said that some interventions are facing resource constraints which could only be resolved if partners come together and bang heads on resource mobilizations tools.

He mentioned malaria fight, immunization of children against various emerging pandemics and outreach clinics as some of the areas the district hospital is failing to effectively implement due to lack of adequate resources.

He said; "to reach people in hard to reach areas through our Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) is being a problem as we have no money for allowances and fuel."

But a representative from one of the leading health services partners in the district, Partners in Health, Samson Njolomole suggested that there is a need to start policing such organizations whose interventions are being done in isolation arguing coordination is key in achieving a universal approach to ending health problems.

Taking her turn, Beyond Our Hearts Foundation project coordinator Pemphero Nkhata said through their Tiyende Pamodzi: Transforming Local Institutions through Empowerment for Disaster Management and Climate Resilience, they want to enhance local governance, institutional capacities to effectively and efficiently manage risks and adaptation initiatives.

She said that, one way of achieving that, is through supporting Health Technical Working Groups where stakeholders come together to deliberate issues of health and find solutions together.

Nkhata said that "the technical working group is a technical arm in improving coordination during humanitarian response, so the project will therefore help to improve the capacities and capabilities of the TWG in preventing, preparing and responding to disasters".

Meanwhile, Neno District Environmental Officer Margret Mikwamba has hailed the partners for revamping the TWG with resources saying the move will ensure timely response to health needs.

Save the Children-Italy is working with Beyond Our Hearts Foundation and the Neno District Council in providing guidance on how to prepare and respond to natural disasters in the district.

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