Chipatala cha pa Foni (Health Center by Phone) – A Health Center in Every Malawian’s Home
Chipatala cha pa Foni (CCPF) or Health Center by Phone, transforms the way Malawians access health and nutrition information by offering a health center in every Malawian’s home through the use of an Airtel mobile phone. It is now a national program operated by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) of Malawi. VillageReach was a primary partner to the MoHP in the design, build and roll-out of the program and its services across Malawi.
“A Health Center in Every Malawian’s Home” tells the story of Taurai, a young woman and CCPF youth champion, and Gloria, who is a mother and volunteer. Both of them have had their own positive and unique experiences with CCPF and are now committed to promoting the national hotline in their communities. The video also includes MoHP’s perspective on CCPF as told by Dr. Nedson Fosiko, Deputy Director of Clinical Services.
Gloria Chingayipe is a mother who lives in Kwitanda, Malawi. Chipatala cha pa Foni, Health Center by Phone, helped her by providing referral information when she called to ask about pains she was experiencing in her abdomen during her pregnancy. She was so grateful for the help she received that she has become a volunteer advocate for CCPF. Gloria now spends part of her time visiting women in the community to promote the health and nutrition hotline to encourage families to take advantage of the resource.
CCPF is now a national program operated by the Malawi Ministry of Health and is another way that the government is providing Universal Health Coverage to its people.
Taurai Kamfosi is a young woman who lives in Zomba, Malawi. Chipatala cha pa Foni (CCPF), Health Center by Phone, is a service that she was introduced to through a CCPF youth advocacy program. She is now a champion for CCPF by using her “golden voice” to write songs and educate adolescents about the service. It is an important resource for young adolescents, so they can make informed decisions about sexual and reproductive health while also benefiting from the privacy of the service.