World Vision Malawi(WVM) on Monday handed over a K16 million under five clinic to Endindeni community in Mzimba District.
Mzimba North WVM zonal manager Lameck Chimphero said prior to the construction of the clinic, weighing of children and immunisation were done under a mango tree.
Chimphero said the clinic has led to an increase in under-five children accessing health services as shown by an 80 percent increase in immunisation coverage, a jump from 60 percent before the clinic was operational.
“Many children were suffering from waterborne diseases, but there was no clinic providing health care services to them,” Chimphero said.
He said the clinic caters for 3 500 under-five children and monitors the details of children’s health.
Mzimba south district health officer Bestido Nkhoma said lack of an under-five clinic in the area posed a challenge to his office as most mothers were shunning the ‘under the mango’ clinics mostly in the rainy season.
Chairperson of Endindeni sub Area Development Committee (ADC) advised fellow community members to take advantage of WVM’s presence to embark on developmental activities to transform the area. n