Chitipa: Palliative Care Association of Malawi (PACAM) has donated 20 bicycles to Nangavisuzge Community Based Organisation (CBO) and St. Michaels Home Based Care Group in Chitipa (10 to each group), to enhance the delivery of home based care services.
Speaking during the handing over of bicycles, PACAM District Support Project Director, Fred Chiputula said the bicycles were meant to help the volunteers to easily reach patients in their communities.
He said the volunteers play a huge role in making sure that home based care services, which offer physical, psychological, and spiritual comfort, are being delivered in the communities.
Health care is a right that should be enjoyed by everyone whether they are at the hospital or at home, so the volunteers help in comforting the patients and make them feel included in issues of health care.
The medical personnel alone cannot manage to provide home based care services in the communities, it is therefore, crucial for the volunteers to be equipped with more resources that could simplify their work, Chiputula said.
In her remarks, coordinator for St. Michaels Home Based Care Group, Margaret Mbamba said she was happy with the donation, saying it would help them reach out to patients faster.
Our organization covers areas within 10 Group Village Headmen (GVH), so the bicycles will help ease transportation challenges we were having, said Mbamba.
The remarks were also echoed by chairperson of Nangavisuzge CBO, Allan Simkonda who said other communities outside their catchment area had no volunteers so the bicycles would help them to reach those areas as well.
PACAM, which was established in 2005, donated the bicycles in partnership with a United Kingdom (UK) based organization called The True Colours Trust.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA