Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WorldHope Malawi Opens New Office in Mzuzu

ü  Program Director, Dennis Singini, announced today that World Hope Corps Malawi finally found and rented an office room at K60,000 ($ 83) per month which includes room, water, electricity and security. 
ü  The office is located in Mzuzu in Gwamba Building behind Kawiruwiru house.  
ü  The office has been furnished and the only problem at hand is internet.  
ü  If funds permit, there is a possibility of fixing sky band internet at the office it as soon as possible.
ü Board members appreciated the efforts made by the Program Director to locate the office room, because this will show seriousness [and credibility] to our local partners who always ask where WHC Mw offices are located.
Submitted by Dennis Singini

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mosquito Net Distribution photos from January 31, 2017

WorldHope Corp's first Anti-Malaria Mosquito Net distribution was completed on January 31, 2017.  

Our first distribution was conducted at Mzuzu prison targeting women prisoners with children. 80 nets were distributed to Mzuzu prison. The Mzimba District Health Office appreciated for the donation because they overlooked women with children in the prisons hence WHC Mw approach to help them cannot be given a blind eye but to appreciate the initiative taken.

Descriptions for captions: 

The DHO representative during the exercise explained the need to care and the need to use the nets.
Mobilized and Ready for Distribution
Mrs Kaluwa, Health Surveillance Assistant (HSA), demonstrating how to hung a mosquito net, care and sleep under the Mosquito net.

Mphatso (meaning Gift in English) under 5 years old baby boy getting under the mosquito net ready to practice how to sleep under the net.

 Women prisoners who have children in the hostels practicing hanging the mosquito net

--> Mphatso and his mother sleep under the mosquito net on a mat

--> Marion Tapiwa Phiri Mrs, WHC Mw Board member donates a mosquito net to Mphatso 

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, February 05, 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. 

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 January 27,2017

ü  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.
ü   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.



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