About Catholic Health Commission
Catholic Health Commission of the Archdiocese of Blantyre is a faith based organization inspired by gospel values and social teaching of the church that promotes integral human development, equal access to health care services, gender and development, capacity building and empowerment of the less privileged in society especially poor women and children through participation, mass mobilisation, advocacy & lobbying, civic education, training and institutional strengthening.
TB Community Care Project- Facility and district meeting
To oversee and coordinate the provision of health services and programmes in its health and health related facilities following the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by promoting quality of life through delivery of comprehensive health care services to the community.
Together we can build a healthy Malawi.
Why is Catholic Health Commission needed?
CHC recognises that health is one of the major challenges that undermine Malawi’s growth and development. Since early 1960s, the Church has been complementing government’s efforts towards the attainment of the highest standard of health through implementation of a number of interventions. Blantyre CHC runs a number of health institutions which include: - Hospitals – 3 - Health Centres – 7 - Lisungwi Health Centre Construction (Project in the pipeline) - Diploma Nurse Midwife Technician Training Colleges – 2
Board Member briefing Health Ex-officios on Lisungwi Health Centre Construction -28/03/16
CHC operates on the following governance structure:
- Health Facility Council of Governors
- Health Facility Management Committees
Through her 2 Nurse Midwife Technician Training Colleges, CHC contributes towards the training of human resource (Diploma Nurse Midwife Technicians). Each year Blantyre CHC is producing more than 100 nurses.
2015 Graduation ceremony Holy Family College of Nursing
Community-based programmes currently run by the Commission include: - Home Based Care programme in Phalombe District - Integrated HIV and AIDS Response (Couple Counselling in Neno and Blantyre districts) - Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights in Mwanza and Neno districts.
The health facilities under the Archdiocese of Blantyre were founded over 55 years ago by different religious congregations who since handed over to the Archdiocese of Blantyre. Services are still continuing because of the support from the many well wishers in form of individuals, companies, organisations and development partners locally and globally.
Big Bullets and Telekom Networks Malawi donated Oxygen Concentrator machine | Holy Family Hospital - 19.12.14
Endorsements and quotes about CHC work
1. ECM Secretariat (the Conference of the Catholic Bishops in Malawi)
2. Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM)
3. Malawi Interfaith AIDS Alliance (MIAA)
4. Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi
5. National AIDS Commission (NAC) Malawi
6. Norwegian Church Aid – Malawi
7. Ministry of Health – Malawi
8. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention