MASKS FOR MALAWI

Because every community wants to protect their most vulnerable members

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MASKS FOR MALAWI

COVID-19 Response

"Can the poor really prevent themselves from Coronavirus without money?"

"If a neighbour's son comes to play, how should we treat him?"

"What do we do if we are far from water and need to touch our face?"

These questions were asked by women from rural communities in Southern Malawi between May and July 2020.

Information will save more lives than medicine in the fight against COVID-19 in Malawi. Communities want information about COVID-19 such as how to protect themselves, their families, and their neighbours.

Malawians are ready to take action, but need support in the form of soap, masks, and actionable information that is adapted to the contexts and resources of their community. Beginning in July, a pilot project began in Mwambo Chiefdom (a rural area of Zomba District, Southern Malawi) to empower communities to protect their vulnerable against COVID and its effects. The project's objectives are to; slow the spread, protect the vulnerable, help community leaders fight stigmatization, engage teens, and support zero-tech home schooling.

Click the link below to read the full report of the project's work and results.

 

REPORTS AND UPDATES

KICKING COVID WITH ART
(COMPETITION SUMMARY)

Engaging children in COVID education through art competitions.

LILONGWE CEMETERY MANAGEMENT UPDATE

Read how the City Council is responding to an increase in COVID deaths as it relates to burial management.

MASK DISTRIBUTION REPORT

Read how we distributed masks to the elderly in Nambesa and Nyanya.

PILOT PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION REPORT

Read about how it started.

 
 

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Weekly meetings between Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) and community representatives (Chiefs, religious leaders, community health volunteers

  • Q&A discussions with community leaders

  • Information posters, placed at water pumps, wells, boreholes, chief's houses, and places of worship by community members

  • Sale and distribution of masks and soap, which create the community-managed 'Coronavirus Care Funds'

  • Community Care mapping

  • 'Coronavirus in the community' 5 day simulation exercises

  • Monitoring the spread

  • Establishing 'Lifesaver Clubs' to engage the youth

  • Creativity competitions in the form of poster, story, and poetry competitions to promote awareness and education

  • Lifesaver Club Obstacle Course