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Blantyre

BLANTYRE UNIT Blantyre unit is the oldest unit of the organisation that has been in operation since 1981, taking care of 9 districts in the southern region namely: Blantyre, Mwanza, Neno, Chiradzulu, Phalombe, Mulanje, Thyolo, Nsanje and Chikwawa. Operations are on outreach basis except for Chiradzulu, Mwanza and Neno which are now decentralised.

STAFF

The unit has 2 physiotherapists, of which one is regional supervisor, 3 rehabilitation technicians of whom 2 are allocated to our areas of decentralisation, a data clerk. Support staff is shared with head office. We have a total number of 15 workshop technicians who are based at Kanjedza workshop where appliances are made.

TRANSPORT

At the moment the unit has no vehicle

OPERATIONS

The unit has a total number of 96 clinics visited every month and we manage to see a total number of over 9565 clients, some of them being new and others re-attendees. Average attendance per clinic is usually 9.

We decentralised Mwanza, Neno and Chiradzulu after having seen the success of decentralisation in Zomba unit, due to the following reasons:

1. Clinics are visited twice a month

2. Clinics are near to ach other

3. More time spent for clients

4. It is cheap because motorbikes are used

5. No allowances are needed ending up in high quality quantity and accessibility of services.

NETWORKING

The unit believes in collaborating with those organisations which have similar interests, like MACOHA, Feed the Children Malawi, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, CURE and other organisations. So some clients are referred to these organisations. Common disabilities seen by Blantyre unit are: Cerebral palsy, polio, hemiplegia talipes developmental delays amputations and others.

PROBLEMS

• Lack of funding to sustain the outreach services

• lack of material for appliance production

• Cancelling of outreach clinics, due to lack of fuel and allowances.

PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

To decentralise more, sensitising and training of staff at grass root level and to increase attendance rate of at least 10 per clinic.

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