After many years of preparation and waiting, on April 14, 2022, Passion Center for Children signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Zomba District Health Office (or DHO). Under the ministry of health, the DHO is responsible for overseeing the implementation of all health and social services to ensure that people in the Zomba district attain the highest possible level of health and quality of life.
This partnership is specifically for the Community Health program which incorporates three key components: Health Education and Prevention, Infant Rescue, and the Champions Club (special needs ministry). The program's overall goal is to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable households by designing and implementing community-based interventions to address health challenges, empower individuals to respond effectively to these challenges, and ultimately work to prevent them. The MOU will last for the initial period of 5 years and will be renewed at its expiry.
Executive Director Saul Mateyu shared this regarding the milestone, "I am so excited for the signing of this MOU. It is a historic and huge milestone in many ways. Firstly, it officially recognizes the work that Passion Center has been doing over the years which has significantly impacted the lives of vulnerable children and families both physically and spiritually. Secondly, it makes Passion Center a key partner of the government in providing health and social services in Zomba and surrounding areas. Thirdly, the MOU opens a huge opportunity to expand our ministry through collaboration with the DHO in capacity building for our community health volunteers, sharing of data, knowledge and best practices, and resource mobilization. Lastly, the MOU allows the Passion Center to easily get commendations and certifications needed in areas such as grant applications and allows medical mission teams to officially work in government hospitals. We thank God for this partnership!"