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Housing for Orphans and Widows in Malawi (Howm) Foundation, on Sunday donated over 900 mosquito nets worth K3.2 million to communities around Chibampha Village in Traditional Authority Malili in Lilongwe.

According to founder of the organisation, Gret Glyer, malaria remains a challenge in the area where he is also working in collaboration with another organisation called Live Love Malawi.

Speaking after presenting the donation, Glyer explained that during the time he has been to the area, a number of children under the age of five have died of malaria, hence the move to mobilize funds from well-wishers in the United States of America to assist the people.

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“I did a research and established that out of 100 people, 75 were testing positive for malaria. I knew there was something I could do and that is to make available mosquito nets to the people because if 75 percent of people in this area are sleeping under mosquito nets, then malaria cases will drastically reduce,” he said.

In her remarks, Village Head Malikha thanked the organisation for the donation, saying malaria cases have reached alarming levels in the area, especially following the onset of the rains.

She, however, expressed disappointment over the tendency by some people to sell nets.

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Live Love Malawi Director, Blessings Chibambo, hailed the organisation for the gesture, saying the catchment area has a population of over 36,000 who need to be protected from diseases if they are to be productive citizens.

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