Towards a vibrant Madisi community (Part 2)

This is a continuation of what the partnership between REZ and MUMC is doing in Madisi, Dowa district, Malawi. In part 1, I talked on health focusing on the nutrition clinic. Part 2, its still on health focusing on Community Health Evangelism (CHE).

(B) Community Health Evangelism (CHE) – Katondo – Madisi

CHE is a community based developmental tool that integrates evangelism and discipleship. CHE aims at producing Godly Christian leaders, creating community ownership, promoting volunteerism. Additionally, it also aims at ensuring that people have dignity by becoming stewards of the environment, as well as making sure that people have a shared community vision so that they see a better future leading to a Christian community.

Katondo community is the site for CHE in Madisi. CHE entered the community through school health assessment at Katengeza Full primary School.

Katengeza Primary Primary School

Katengeza Primary Primary School

The local team that worked hand in hand with the REZ team in the assessment

The local team that worked hand in hand with the REZ team in the assessment

A Health Surveillance Assistance checking weight of the children

A Health Surveillance Assistance checking weight of the children

A health worker checking height of the children

A health worker checking height of the children

A Laboratory technician checking the children's Hemoglobin level

A Laboratory technician checking the children’s Hemoglobin level

Dr Scott conducting a physical assessment

Dr Scott conducting a physical assessment

Cindy checking the pupils' vision

Cindy checking the pupils’ vision

Checking weight of the babies

Checking weight of the babies

The school assessment was done for two days and then, the team open to the community. The communities were allowed to bring their underfive children for the health assessment

The mothers cued to have their children assessed

The mothers cued to have their children assessed

Mercy registering the children during the screening

Mercy registering the children during the screening

The headmaster Mr Msinjeni taking the medical staff to senior classrooms for de-worming

The headmaster Mr Msinjeni taking the medical staff to senior classrooms for de-worming

Part of Katengeza School pupils during the feedback session

Part of Katengeza School pupils during the feedback session – looking into the future

Mazengera Primary school formed health clubs whereby the children are learning from one another on health issues.

After entering the Katondo community through the school health assessment, the community identified that the bridge that they have need to be reconstructed so that they do not become cut off from the rest of the world because of no bridge.

 Katondo bridge during dry season

Katondo bridge during dry season

CHE emphases on disease prevention as well as integration of physical and spiritual ministry. CHE also promotes community participation in Katondo community. The community has a great amount of experience and insight into what works for
them, what does not work for them, and why. So they are contributing to the success of bridge project intervention. So far, they are putting local resources together and to find local partners to work together for the success of the project.

I have learnt that involving local people in planning can increase their commitment to any program and it can help them to develop appropriate skills and knowledge to identify and solve their problems on their own. Involving the local people is helping to increase the resources available for Katondo CHE. It is promoting self-help and self-reliance, and improving trust and partnership between the community and the church.  Therefore, REZ and MUMC are involving the Katondo community in a programme which is developed for them, and the community will gain from these benefits.

Watch out for “Towards a vibrant Madisi community part 3.”

By Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo

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