Breakthrough Action Malawi fights Malaria in Salima
Breakthrough Action Malawi, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), has embarked on various malaria behaviour-change interventions to combat the spread of the disease in Salima District.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency on Monday, the organisation’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Khumbo Kalonga, said the organization’s two-year Malaria Project is raising awareness on the danger of the infection.
“We are doing all it takes using behaviour change model to fight against Malaria through the promotion of appropriate use of mosquito nets,” said Kalonga.
Kalonga further condemned the act of selling and using mosquito nets for fishing instead of using them as tools to fight against the spread of the infection.
Salima District Environmental Health Officer, Reaben Chikadza, encouraged the communities to join hands with Breakthrough Action Malawi and the district hospital in eradicating the spread of the disease.
“We also urge all citizens in Salima to join hands with the Department of Health to create a conducive health environment that will stop the spread of Malaria,” said Chikadza.
Salima District Medical Officer, George Kasondo, said the campaign will impact the district positively.
“The campaign is really a wake-up call to the general public and it is essential and instrumental in the fight against malaria," he said.
Kasondo: the project will alleviate malaria
Commenting on the issue, Senior Chief Khombedza urged people to take a leading role in proper utilisation of mosquito nets to avoid mosquito bites and prevent the disease.
The two-year project, implemented by Breakthrough with support from USAID, is operating in three traditional authorities of Maganga, Ndindi and Khombedza in the district to control the spread of Malaria in the district.