During the last three months of 2017, Dennis and Singini and this WorldHope Malawi team visited 109 villages in Northern Malawi, including: Doroba, Mzimba, Rumphi, Mzuzu and Nkhata bay. During these visits, village chiefswelcomed our team and promised to work with us for the good of their suffering communities. When asked about the major challenges they faced, these were their major concerns:
Early Marriages among girls due to poverty
Malaria still killing a lot of pregnant women, children and elderly people
Access to Clean water
Nutritional challenges, especially among children under 5.
HIV/AIDS health issues related to malnutrition, stigma, and discrimination
Our WorldHope team conducted “sensitization meetings” with village chiefs and their advisers to prepare them for some of our training programs and interventions, including:
Communities of Shalom training in Asset Based Community Development
PACCT training for HIV/AIDS mitigation through church groups
Water and Sanitation training
Mosquito Nets distribution and training in how best to use against infection.
WorldHope Malawi is pleased to partner with the Mzimba District Health Office for anti-malaria Mosquito Nets Distribution to avoid duplication of services in our communities. Priority will be given to female prisoners and poor families in rural areas outside of Mzuzu. Two staff from the District Hospital were assigned to work with WHC Mw
during sensitization meetings. The Health personnel taught people how to hang
and care for the net. Also helped in addressing some of beliefs that the nets
make people sterile.
1000 Mosquito nets were purchased from Population Service International
Malawi (PSI) a recognized entity to sale already treated nets.
Dennis at purchasing Nets at PSI Offices
in Mzuzu on
BOARD REPORT ON MOSQUITO
NETS DISTRIBUTION EXERCISE
Kelvin reported that several
meetings were held with Mzimba North District Health Office, Malaria
Coordinator i.e. to cordially identify and agree upon where WHC Mw is to
distribute mosquito nets to avoid duplication of efforts.
It was then agreed upon to target Mzuzu Women’s Prison [i.e. women with children and elderly who are sick and it was implemented.]
On 31st January, Program Director and volunteers visited the women
prisoners and old men whom amidst them many looked sickly. The anti-Malaria mosquito nets were distributed to the grateful prisoners.