The activity which is being championed by Chikangawa Mamaye Community Activists is set to raise about 10 Million Kwacha for the ambulance vehicle.
Speaking during a 13 km fundraising big walk along the Mzimba-Mzuzu M1 Road, Chairperson for Chikangawa Mamaye Group, Elizabeth Kaliyande expressed optimism that enough resources for their cause will be realised.
Kaliyande has however said despite an unsuccessful lobbying for the ambulance from some of its key stakeholders, the decision to go begging is to compliment government’s efforts in the health service delivery.
“We are safe motherhood activists, and we feel that if we continue operating without a full time ambulance at our facility it may not really help us in as far as reducing maternal deaths is concerned, said Kaliyande.
“We are discussing with various institutions including Members of Parliament, councillors, business community, Non-Governmental Organizations and of course government to help us as we work towards accessing an ambulance at the facility, she added.
According to Medical Assistant at Chikangawa Health Centre, Rodgers Matiya apart from the ambulance issue, infrastructure is also a challenge at the medical facility.
“Our facility is split into two the main centre is at least 1.5 kilometers away from the maternity wards and that is a challenge when attending to emergencies, and as you may be aware the facilities are long overdue as such with such initiatives we hope we will be assisted a lot,” said Matiya.
In his remarks, Member of Parliament for Mzimba East Constituency an area hosting the facility, Christopher Munyenyembe hailed the good gesture shown by the communities on the issue.
“We know that government cannot always be there for our needs and this is what participatory development should mean, people being in the forefront providing solutions to serious problems,” noted Munyenyembe.
During the big walk the group managed to raise about K146 000.
Chikangawa Health Centre saves a population of about 14 000 including thousands of workers from Timber related institutions in the Viphya Plantation.
Chikangawa Mamaye group is one of the Mamaye groups under Mamaye Malawi and advocates for reduction of maternal deaths in some parts of the country.
In Mzimba, Mamaye Malawi implements its activities in Mzimba South, Rumphi and Nkhata-Bay districts courtesy of Parent and Child Health Initiative (PACHI)