On May 24, 2012, the Daily Times of Malawi called attention to the need for increased investment in the rural District of Neno, where Partners In Health and our sister organization, Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo, have been working since 2007.

At the time, Neno did not have a district hospital and its ten health centers had fallen into disrepair. But in partnership with the Malawian Ministry of Health, PIH/APZU has helped build two hospitals, refurbish and staff clinics and provide comprehensive, community-based care to a catchment area of 125,000 people.

Still, without investment in basic infrastructure such as roads, housing, and water, the rural district remains isolated from economic development.

District Commissioner Hamisi Cassim Twabi has a better future in mind. “We have the potential to grow as one of the best district centers in Malawi if the Boma has adequate housing facilities, portable water and other amenities – yes, I agree with people in quest for those facilities and also understand people’s concern of a good road network to this place,” says Twabi.

PIH/APZU thanks District Commissioner Hamisi Cassim Twabi for his efforts to build the political will necessary to bring adequate housing, potable water, roads, and electricity to the people of Neno.

Learn more about PIH’s work in Malawi.