Financial woes affecting public hospitals have not spared the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia’s health facilities, a development that has seen the synod establishing the Moderator’s Initiative for Health to raise funds towards alleviating the challenges.
Currently, 40 percent of the resources needed for running the synod’s health institutions comes from overseas partners and another 40 percent from government subvention through the Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham). The synod contributes 20 percent.
Speaking during donation of various equipment to the synod’s hospitals on Friday, CCAP Livingstonia Synod moderator the Reverend Douglas Chipofya said the health department is facing a number of financial and related challenges to ensure quality health service delivery.
Chipofya said with the Moderator Initiative, the synod wants to promote the spirit of stewardship among its Christians so that they help run health facilities. He said the synod will have to sensitize the christians on the need to support health institutions.
Dr Thomas Bachuber, who donated a chemical analyser worth K2.6 million to Embangweni Hospital, said he was concerned that the hospital did not have the chemical analyser for diagnosis.
Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi Rotary Clubs district governor-elect Dean Lungu, who donated six wheel chairs on behalf of Lilongwe Rotary Club, said he proposed the donation after he saw a woman who was unable to walk being moved around Embangweni hospital without a wheel chair.