Community action earns Salima village support

The community of Chigumukire village in the area of Traditional Authority Kalonga in Salima District has constructed a community health facility, with support from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Malawi (ELCM).

The construction of the multi-purpose facility also marks the end of over a decade of children learning under the tree.

In an interview, Chigumukile Village Development Committee (VDC) Chairperson Saukani Manaaliponse said the community started moulding bricks after noting that they needed a health facility in the area.

“We knew our challenges and decided to do something about them. We mobilised sand and bricks and they gave us construction materials like bags of cement and iron sheets,” said Manaaliponse.

He has further expressed hope that authorities at the District Council will be deploying health officials for several outreach services in the area.

Bishop Bvumbwe (R) in front of the health facility

On his part, Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe of ELCM said the facility is part of efforts to champion multi-sectoral community-driven interventions, including fostering the promotion of good health.

“COVID-19 has compounded our challenges including the fight against diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV and Aids. This facility will also be used as an outreach centre,” added Bishop Bvumbwe.

District Community Development Officer for Salima, Brighton Chunga, has since hailed ELCM and World Vision Malawi for their support.

Apart from supporting the country’s health sector, ELCM runs 13 primary schools, one secondary school and a lay training and vocational centre in Madisi