Partners In Health (PIH) on Thursday handed over 16 houses to people of Kayingirira Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Dambe in Neno District whose houses were destroyed by fire in September 2015.
Speaking when he received the houses on behalf of the communities, Neno district commissioner (DC) Ali Phiri commended PIH for the initiative.
“I thank Partners In Health for reaching out to people of Neno at a time of their greatest need. There are [a lot of issues] competing for the government purse. So, when there is a disaster, money from government is limited,” he said.
On his part, Neno North member of Parliament (MP) Emmanuel Lozo (independent) said he was happy with PIH’s project.
PIH executive director Lackson Dullie said his organisation decided to help as part of assisting the communities attain a healthy life.
“If a person’s house has been burnt down, that person cannot have better health. So, we rushed to help this community. About K30 million has been spent to uplift their livelihood,” he said.
In a related development, PIH on Friday celebrated 10 years of existence in Malawi.
Speaking at the celebrations held at Neno Community Stadium, Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume commended PIH for its support to communities in the district.n