As one way of combating water-borne diseases in the country, Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has drilled six new boreholes in Traditional Authority (T/A) Khombedza’s area in Salima District.
MRCS has also rehabilitated 16 boreholes which were vandalised or broke down, and is providing potable water to 17 104 people in 22 villages, community-based child care centres (CBCCs) and primary schools.
MRCS Salima projects officer Manifoster Moyo said the sinking of new boreholes and rehabilitation of the other 16 has transformed the lives of people in the area.
He said: “Water-borne diseases were the order of the day and many under-five children were the greatest victims. To make sure that the boreholes do not stop functioning, we conducted a five-day borehole maintenance training session.”
T/A Khombedza commended MRCS for reducing water shortages in his area.
The boreholes have been drilled and rehabilitated using funds from the Swiss Red Cross.n