Chikwawa Diocese Catholic Health Commission is a commission under Episcopal Conference of Malawi
The Episcopal Conference of Malawi [ECM] is the highest policy making Council of Bishops responsible for the running and management of pastoral and social teaching of the Catholic Church in Malawi. It ensures doctrine and liturgical uniformity among the seven dioceses of the Archdiocese of Blantyre, Chikwawa, Dedza, Lilongwe, Mangochi, Mzuzu and Zomba. It also ensures that the social teaching of the Catholic Church is upheld and advanced within the context of the universal principles and teaching of the Church that include human dignity, non-discrimination, social justice, and mutual spiritual, physical, social and intellectual nature that is currently threatened by the continued spread of HIV/AIDS and its impact on human development in all aspects.
However, each diocese is independent and is responsible for the day to day running and implementation of church and programme activities within the context stated above and each diocese mobilizes resources and form partnership with local and international donors in the implementation of HIV/AIDS initiatives on it own.
The diocese is mainly in the great African Rift Valley flow with high temperatures. Almost 75% of the year, the temperature reaches as far as 42 Degree Celsius. 80% of the entire population is subsistence farmers but about 55% of the households have a land holding capacity of less than one hectare, Shire River is the main source of irrigation although this is not done at a larger scale.Most of the areas are prone to floods and they are also affected by drought.
The commission is working with people of different ethnic groups and marital system. However the majority of the people follow matrilineal system where women occupy a low status in the society as compared to their male counterpart. They have little power on decision –making even on issues of sex and sexuality.
Catholic Health Commission as a Church organisation has good relations with the community structures when implementing its activities. This is done to enhance proper co-ordination of its activities.
The commission has been doing HIV/AIDS Home based care projects for more than 3 years. It is mainly focusing on orphan care and HIV/AIDS prevention through information, education and communication.
It has a high-qualified personnel’s who are rendering the services namely Nurses of different cadres ranging from professional to technicians, clinician, I.E.C provider and other support staff.
STAFF OF CATHOLIC HEALTH COMMISSION, DIOCESE OF CHIKWAWA
Emily Kayimba: Health Secretary
Clement Udedi: Project Officer
Delpher Banda: Administrative Secretary
Lewes Ng'oma: Field officer
Ralph Kawatira: ICT Officer
Mercy Mughandira: Account Assistant
Ted bema: Driver