By Watipaso Mzungu, Contributor:
Findings of a recent study which World Vision Malawi (WVM) conducted indicate that over 70 percent of Malawians do not use mosquito nets properly.
WVM National Director, Hazel Nyathi, released the findings during commemoration of the 2018 Evidence and Learning Day in Lilongwe on Monday.
She said the development means Malawi has an uphill task to fight malaria, which is largely attributed to mosquito bites.
“Our study findings have shown that less than 30 percent of Malawians use their mosquito nets. This is despite stakeholders’ combined efforts to encourage the use of mosquito nets as a malaria preventive measure,” she said.
The organisation works in 35 are a development programmes in 20 districts across the country. It is implementing projects in such areas as water, hygiene, nutrition, food security, education, disaster management and mitigation, advocacy and child projection.
Nyathi said the highlight of their work in 2018 was the rollout of the Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets mass distribution campaign targeting over 10 million people.
World Food Programme Director of Programmes, Bernard Owadi, said his organisation is committed to assisting WVM reach out to needy Malawians with assistance.