This is my office building – the Malawi Ministry of Health (or MoH for short). It’s not much to look at but we like it.
It looks like any other ministry. That’s because all the ministry buildings on Capital Hill do indeed look the same! There is a variation of 1, 2 or 3 floors. Some better financed ministries also have their own power generator.
The ground floor is a bit crowded to say the least. The corridor doubles up as the place where the rather big petrol lawn mower rests. Amongst broken photocopiers and printers.
The first floor is the nicest. It’s where you access the conference room, which is the feature overhanging the main entrance.
The second floor is where we are. In Room 88, opposite the gents’ and the rubbish rooms. Interestingly, the tender box is on the top floor. Presumably, it’s a cunning ploy to weed out the weaker bids?
Like most of Lilongwe and the country, Capital Hill is not exempt from utility outages. Mainly power cuts, which occur about once a month. The mother of all ironies occurred the other day. There was a brand new bottle of hand soap in the toilet. It was a bottle of imported Palmolive no less! But there was no water.
A few weeks ago, we visited the Health Education Unit down in Area 1. It’s where they produce educational and promotional material, like the “wash hands” posters. They have a small library which has a small but nice selection of strategy documents, handbooks and posters. Including the National Condom Strategy!