Ministry of Health (MoH) HIV and Aids Unit has given Nancholi Youth Organisation (NYO) in Blantyre a full antiretroviral (ART) clinic status.
NYO executive director George Nedi said this on Saturday during the organisation’s status review meeting.
He said: “Our clinic has established itself as a convenience for 24 villages, serving a population of about 54 000. Since the nearest public health facility is about 20 kilometres away at Zingwangwa, our clinic offers out-patient department [OPD] services, among many others.
“We have unique services which appeal to the demands of communities in our catchment area.”
The NYO clinic offers, among other services, early infant diagnosis (EID), youth friendly health services (YFHS) and under-five clinic.
On her part, village head Chiimile said the clinic has helped people of her area to access health services closer to their localities.
The organisation recruited a nurse, clinician and an HIV and Aids counsellor. It also runs ambulance services when referrals are required.
The facility’s clinician Edith Nankwawa said the clinic has trained a network of volunteers who are working in their localities in various capacities, including palliative care to ensure that communities are able to manage long- term diseases on their own.
NYO started operating in the area in 2004.