TAMA Farmers Trust will implement Farmers Based Covid -19 response in four districts of the country including Dowa.
In Dowa, the response will target areas of three Group Village heads of Kapasula, Ndozi and Chalanga, all in the area of Senior Chief Kayembe in the district.
Farmer Based Covid – 19 response has objectives of increasing public knowledge and awareness of the Corona virus and Covid – 19 and training farmers on precautionary measures.
Speaking during the briefing of the response to the District Public Health Emergency Management Committee(PHEMC) held at the boma in Dowa, the organization’s Adminstration Manager, Martha Kasonya, said apart from Dowa, the response will also be implemented in 3 Group Village heads of T/A Kabudula in Lilongwe, 3 Group Village heads of T/A Santhe in Kasungu and 3 Group Village heads of T/A Mzukuzuku in Mzimba.
Kasonya said the country is continuing to see an increase in the number of cases and is now in the process of recording Covid – 19 related deaths saying on April, 3, 2020, the World Health Organization ( WHO) reported the first cases of Covid -19 in Malawi.
She said the response will support coordination efforts across national stakeholders on Covid – 19 and to increase impact and outreach – learning process and to procuce and to distribute hygienic materials needed to help protect communities from the spread of Covid -19.
The Manager said the response will help the communities to have knowledge of dealing with Covid -19 in rural set up gained, Covid – 19 and Corona virus public knowledge enhanced, rural based solutions to combat Covid -19 and child labour and basic hygiene in rural areas promoted .
In his remarks, Acting District Commissioner for Dowa, Christopher Kumikundi, thanked TAMA Farmers Trust for complimenting government efforts in mitigating effects of Covid -19 in the district saying Dowa is not spared, it has cases of Covid -19.
….” Dowa as a district has started registering cases of Covid -19. It is the duty of each and every one to follow the precautionary measures to prevent the pandemic from its spread,”…He said.
Kumikundi asked the organization to revisit its budget and the districts and focus on one district with reduced number of activities for an impact.
He said the Public Health Emergency Management Committee ( PHEMC) planned a budget of MK 117,214,500 to deal with cases of Covid -19 in the district but has a shortfall of MK 66,731,320, expressing hope that partners will still come in and fill the gap.
Farmer Based Covid -19 response will be implemented in the four districts, Dowa, Lilongwe, Kasungu and Mzimba with financial support from the ELCT amounting to $14,000.00.
By: Vincent Gunde