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Globe Hope Mobilisation (Glohomo) has donated 500 bicycles to Lilongwe health centres to help the Ministry of Health in the fight against the increasing cases of tuberculosis (TB).

Another 104 bicycles were also donated to Mchinji District Health Office.

Two bicycles have gone to each of the 98 rural health centres and 94 urban centres in Lilongwe. The organisation also donated bags, rain coats and soap.

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“We know transportation is a problem. We do not want people to die of TB. We are running this two-year TB and HIV Project in all traditional authorities in Lilongwe to wipe out TB,” said Glohomo Executive Director, Caleb Thole, during the presentation of the bicycles to Lilongwe District Health Office.

Thole said the project is financed by the Global Fund through Action Aid and also through Southern Africa Aids Trust.

“Many TB sites died and awareness campaign for the disease almost stopped. Now with the equipment, we want to revive that awareness campaign and help our volunteers to reach many people across Lilongwe and detect TB as early as possible for early treatment,” Thole said.

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Lilongwe District Medical Officer, Wilson Ching’ani, said he was happy to receive the bicycles from as the number

of TB cases are increasing in Lilongwe.

“The number of TB cases is increasing and it is a burden. It has been a challenge to make field trips. With the bicycles, people will be reached for detection of TB and sputum will easily be collected from the clients to our health centres. This will lead to early treatment,” Chinga’ani said.

One of the volunteers Maxwell Kamswaswa from Mapuyu said people are dying of TB because of feeling shy to go to hospital for testing. He said the bicycles will help volunteers reach such shy people in their homes and encourage them to give sputum for detection.

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