By Tione Andsen – Mana.
World Vision Malawi (WVM) has pledged to continue support education, food security and sanitation services in the country amid Covid-19.
WVM National Director, Hazel Nyathi disclosed this Tuesday the launch of strengthening of Community Health Structures in response to Covid 19 by WVM at Kambola Village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Vuso Jere in Ntchisi.
She said Covid-19 has derailed the delivery of essential service to the community hence the need to be focus in implementing a number of programmes.
“Realities of Covid-19 are that it has crippled the effectiveness of providing essential services to the communities. We need to rise to the occasion and this was why we are saying Community Health Action Groups (CHAGS) need to be strengthened at all cost,” Nyathi stressed.
She said WVM has been supporting government in areas of education, water and sanitation, food security, nutrition and early childhood development and would continue despite high demands to contain Covid-19 in the country.
“Things should not stop; we need to accept that Cvid-19 is with us. We need to have ways and means to make sure that our children are accessing education, health service. We have a challenge before us that we need to think outside the box in order to handle the current situation,” the National Director added.
Nyathi said the current situation demands that health systems need to be strengthened so that the delivery of health services is adequately addressed.
She said WVM supports Ministry of Health in the fight against malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS among other services.
Director of Planning and Development (DPD) for Ntchisi District Council, Violet Chijere Chirwa said the implementation of the top- bottom approach to their implementation of development programmes in the district has improved.
She said communities of Kalira Area Programme (AP) have demonstrated this which was in line with Decentralization policy.
“Communities are able to make follow ups on development programmes in their areas. Traditional leaders have played a vital role in resources mobilization drive in their areas,” Chirwa noted.
Traditional Authority (TA) Vuso Jere said WVM has changed the face of his area which their development supports.
He said WVM has continued to compliment government’s efforts to providing development needs of the community and to us they have remained number one development partner.