Concern Worldwide, in partnership with European Union’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Department (ECHO), has provided support to health centres in Lilongwe, Malawi, to limit the spread of Covid-19.
The humanitarian aid agency, it was gathered, provided mattresses, masks, medical gowns, face shields, gloves and coverings, as well as waste disposal equipment in five centres.
Development Diaries understands that this donation forms part of a broader project consortium of International non-governmental organisations (INGOs) working together with the Ministry of Health, district health offices (DHOs), and local partners to support over 40 health centres across the country.
With many confirmed cases of Covid-19, Malawi’s health care system is struggling to manage the second wave of the pandemic.
‘In partnership with the DHOs, we have been continuously working to strengthen the response in these health centres to avoid a third wave’, Concern Worlwide Malawi’s Country Director, Yousaf Jogezai, said.
The country director noted that Concern Worldwide was also working to increase demand for the AstraZeneca vaccines amongst vulnerable groups in Malawi.
‘It [is] very important to give people the chance to ask questions and have their fears allayed while at the same time we still need to remain focused on prevention by providing ongoing support to the health centres’, Jogezai added.
It is understood that the organisation has trained 30 community mobilisers in Lilongwe and is providing support for national and community radios for Risk Communication and Education (RCCE) messaging.
Source: Concern Worldwide
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