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.

NO.
Village in Mzuzu
Village out of Mzuzu
1
Chinganga
Doroba Area
2
chibavi
Dunduzu

3
Mchengautuba
Nkholongo
4
zolozolo
malivenji
5
Masasa
Kaviwale
6
Viyere
Kankholi (140km away from Mzuzu)
7
Area 1b
choma
8
Chiputula
Ekwendeni
9
sonda
msiki
10
Hilltop
msongwe
11
Chithila
Lupaso

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.
No.
Area of distribution
No. expected to receive nets
% of community
1
Zolozolo
600 families
12 %
    2
Mzuzu Prison
40
  6.6%

Total
640
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