Friday, February 17, 2017

Anti-Malaria Net Distribution Begins

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 chiefs welcomed 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. 

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 January 27,2017

Monday, February 06, 2017

Malawi Mission Update on MOSQUITO NETS Distribution

Its the rainy season in northern Malawi, and WorldHope Corps stands ready to distribute at least 1000 mosquito nets in 12 rural villages and one city prison--by request and coordination with the government's District Health Department.   
A total of $10,000 is needed to purchase and distribute 1000 Mosquito Nets in rural villages and prisons in Malaria that were left out in previous “Nothing But Nets” distributions in Malawi.  So far, $8500 has been contributed to WorldHope Corps for this mission, leaving just $1,500 still needed in order to mobilize for a January distribution. Donations of any amount will help!
Dennis Singini, Program Director for WorldHope Malawi, submitted this mission update last week in preparation for project mobilization:
“Since I returned from the USA tour, our team has visited 22 villages across Mzuzu and outside Mzuzu City to assess the need for mosquito nets.  After meeting with the District Health Officer (DHO) in the government office, we agreed to focus on 11 villages which did not receive enough nets during a previous distribution.

Village in Mzuzu
Village out of Mzuzu
Doroba Area

Kankholi (140km away from Mzuzu)
Area 1b

The DHO also told us that nets had not been distributed to prisons and boarding schools near Mzuzu.  We agreed to purchase and distribute up to 1,000 nets and began work on a “No More Malaria” mosquito net distribution plan.
We met with the Malaria Project Coordinator to avoid duplication and agreed to distribute our nets first to the Zolozolo community which has over 5,000 residents,  then to Mzuzu Prison with 600 prisoners.  We are targeting only women prisoners with little children, juveniles, and those who are clinically ill in prison. See table below for details.
Area of distribution
No. expected to receive nets
% of community
600 families
12 %
Mzuzu Prison

18.6 % 

In addition to the above communities, the DHO will assign us two more villages outside Mzuzu City to distribute the nets.  This will increase our total distribution to 1,000 mosquito nets in rural villages and prisons.
To fulfill this assignment, WorldHope Corps requires $6,500 to buy 1,000 nets and approximately $3,500 to transport, deliver and direct the program, for a total of $10,000.

Dennis Singini, Program Manager, WorldHope Corps Malawi

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Update on Water Project in Western Uganda

Summary:  Our Community Water Filtration System in Western Uganda--co-sponsored by SARS and WorldHope Corps-- has been stalled due to an equipment breakdown and the need for an adequate generator in the rural trading center of Katira (with a population of over 5,000 families without clean water or electricity).   Although a new pump (the third pump since we opened the water store) was supplied by donors several months ago, and other repairs were made, we still need a generator with enough capacity to pump water for the entire community.  Our Water Store is currently closed as we await a solution to the problem.  We have already invested over $30,000 in this project over the past three years, and it looks like another $5,000 is needed this year.   

Here is Brother Julius’s project update and plea for help:

I must state that am sorry for the long silence. However it was not deliberate because the state in which we are in is the worst ever.  And our projects are stalled. We only have water in the tank for maintaining the filtration machine and selling out to limited customers as way of minimizing pumping costs. We have been waiting for hydro electric power for along time as has been promised by government, but since then there are no evident signs of power supply. The Ugandan economy is the worst ever in my life, food prices have gone high, produced goods have escalated, services have a higher price tag, and basically there is very little in our hands.

The last funds we received from donors was $2000 which we matched with our savings and local community contribution for Pump replacement.  The new pump was properly installed and is functioning properly. However, we have no funding to purchase an appropriate size power generator which will cost $4200. Our local account is holding $450.  I have been struggling to find money that  can add up to buy a new power system because I have a lot of pressure from the community and the people who are experiencing a serious drought.  Ours is the only borehole functioning.

There is a serious water crisis in Katikara, and I am almost ashamed of visiting the site until I can help solve the problem.
Julius Kasaija, CEO - SARS Uganda