MLWT considers developing malaria-outbreak response

Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLWT), one of the health-led research institutions in the country, has disclosed that it is aware of possible malaria outbreak in flood-prone areas and that it plans to deal with the situation beforehand.

MLWT Associate Professor, Janelisa Musaya, disclosed this on Tuesday at Tiwasamale Camp in the area of Senior Chief Mulilima in Chikwawa when the organization launched donations of assorted relief items worth K25 million to flood victims targeting ten camps.

Musaya said the disasters come with many effects which may include outbreak of malaria. She said that also poses possible threats to the lives of the communities.

“We have some stagnant water in most places due to flooding and this poses a risk of malaria to lives of people in such areas. Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust, therefore, is discussing how best to deal with the situation,” Musaya said.

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Musaya (1st left) and Nkawihe (in pink blouse) handing over the items to flood survivors. Pic Steve Chirombo (Mana)

“This may include distribution of mosquito nets and spraying in places where we deem necessary,” she added.

She said the K25 million includes K5 million which MLWT staff contributed towards the cause.

Musaya added that the figures emanating from Chikwawa District Council indicate that many people were greatly affected by the floods and there is a need for more support.

In his remarks, Health Promotion Officer (HPO), Settie Piriminta who represented Director of Health and Social Services (DHSS), hailed MLWT for its cordial relationship with Chikwawa District Council.

Piriminta said the January devastating floods have long effects on the lives of survivors and called for more support, adding that the situation, apart from the risk of malaria, may also come with more health problems.

Chikwawa District Forestry Officer, Hector Nkawihe, who represented the District Commissioner, urged communities to take good care of the aid, saying more people were affected in the district which also required more support.

On his part, Tiwasamale Camp Chairperson, Anderson Justin hailed MLWT for the support. He said the camp has 309 households which include the elderly, persons with disability, child-headed families, and pregnant women.

MLWT’s support included maize flour, Likuni Phala, plastic buckets, cups, basins, and clothes.