Oxfam and the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi CADECOM have intensified their emergency humanitarian response targeting over 1,500 households in cholera hotspots across Chikwawa and Nsanje districts.
The three months project comes in the wake of the two districts having recorded 501 cholera cases with 18 deaths since March this year.
Some of the beneficiaries
Environmental health officer responsible for disease control for Nsanje Ronnex Nguwo and his Chikwawa counterpart Synet Simwinga say the outbreak is due to poor sanitation and hygiene worsened by the devastation caused by tropical storms Ana and Gombe earlier this year.
Speaking while distributing soap tablets, a tapped plastic bucket and waterguard to each of the targeted households in the districts, the Director of Social Services with the Catholic Diocese of Chikwawa Father Mathews Semba appealed for added aid.
“We are very grateful to Oxfam for their continued support. Now that the rainy season is here, we are afraid these cases might worsen. We need more support,” he said.
A beneficiary with a plastic bucket
Oxfam is a global movement focused on fighting inequality to end poverty and injustice. Among other things, this is done by responding to the needs of people affected by humanitarian emergencies.
Reported by Aston Gondwe, MBC Online Services.