Mlambe Health and Social Trust (MhEST) and Zomba District Health and Environment Committee (HEC) through Zomba District Health Office (DHO) have announced a new cooperation agreement to provide a framework for collaboration in the effective delivery of Essential Health Package (EHP) services in the district.
The agreement, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), formalises the mutual interaction and strengthens the existing relationship between MhEST and the HEC through the DHO at the strategic and working level. It focuses on the role of MhEST in supporting the HEC, bridging the gap between the two partners, enhancing transparency and accountability plus improving coordination between parties and the community at large through community structures.
MhEST and Zomba District Health and Environment Committee have a shared objective of serving the public interest. This MoU provides for continued strengthening of future cooperation between the parties in achieving common goals that will increase stability and transparency in the provision of health services.
Dr. Zahra Ismail, Executive Director of Mlambe Health and Social Trust, said:
“The importance of having the memorandum signed is that we can share the programs and input our resources together with what the HEC and the District Council have, instead of duplicating what is already in the system. So by signing the MoU, we know what’s there, what we can do and where we can come in as an organisation.”
Raphael Piringu, Director of Health and Social Services in Zomba District, said:
“The importance of government signing the MoU with stakeholders like MhEST is to make each other accountable for what we are doing and strengthen our relationship, which is consistent with our 2017-2022 strategic plan which says we should be working and collaborating with the stakeholders in the district.”
The MoU will be in use for 4 years with its mandate expiring after the year 2022.
Other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working in Zomba have also signed their respective Memorandum of Understanding with Zomba District Health and Environment Committee.
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