The Centre for Integrated Community Development (Cicod) has donated mosquito nets to 1 000 families in 28 villages in Senior Chief Khongoni’s area in Lilongwe in an effort to fight malaria.
The war against malaria is part of projects that Cicod is implementing in the area under the Integrated Rural Development project, which is funded by Belgian non- governmental organisation Small Steps, according to project manager Edward Thole.
Said Thole: “Cases of malaria here are very frequent and most villagers cannot afford mosquito nets; hence, the donation. Each family will get two mosquito nets. One set is for the parents and the other for children.
“The nets have been bought from China by Small Steps. Small Steps has adopted this area as they assist in all spheres of life, ranging from health, education, to economic activities.”
Speaking on behalf of Senior Chief Khongoni, Group Village Head Chavunga said the area is infested with mosquitoes because it is swampy.
“Because of the swamps and the humid temperature, this place breeds a lot of mosquitoes and these result in malaria. Health centres are very far from here. The mosquito nets are a necessity here and we are very thankful to Cicod,” said Chavunga.