The official handover of newly built structures at Tchalo Health centre took place on 23rd August, 2016. The project was funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy through Norwegian Church Aid. The structures costed MK304,136,752.00.
Tchalo Health Centre opened in 1972 operating as a dispensary in a very small building. Later in 1988,, Christian Services Committee constructed a Maternity unit and out patients Department. Tchalo Health Centre is located in T.A. Chapinduka in Rumphi District. The nearest heath Centre is Mlowe which is 40KM away. The place is in isolation and neglected in most aspect of life, but 5,800 people deserve better services like any other Malawi.
The mentioned distance, coupled with lack of reliable transport system pose a big challenge for the people in this area, to fully enjoy their right to access good, quality health services.The main means of transport to reach the place is through boat.
Present at the function was the Deputy General Secretary of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia, Rev Joseph P.V. Mwale, Mr Bjarne Gardens, Head of Development Cooperation, Mr Stein Villumstand, Norwegian Church Country Representative, Ministry of Health Representative, Acting Health Director of Synod of Livingstonia, Mrs Margaret Msukwa, DHO- Rumphi, T.A. Chapinduka among others.
In his speech, the Deputy General Secretary of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia said “Synod is grateful to the Norwegian Church Aid (NC) for such magnificent Maternity Unity, Out Patient, Guardian Shelter, improved water system, 3 staff houses and the maternal and noenatal health project that has been carried out since 2012. This complements and supports the Synod’s mission as Health Department of the Synod exists to provide health care services, promote health and to proclaim a clear Christian witness.