World Vision International has described malaria as an emergency that requires fast action.
World Vision International Director of Resource Development, Ann Claxton, said this in Lilongwe on Tuesday when the organisation received $40 million from the Global Fund to facilitate the fight against malaria in the country.
The disease is said to be claiming lives of a lot of women and children, especially under-five children and pregnant mothers.
Claxton said World Vision is ready to work with the Ministry of Health and Population in distributing mosquito nets to about 11,000 households across the country.
“For the country’s development activities [to succeed], we need to have healthy people and that can only be possible if Malawians are helped with better ways of protecting themselves from various diseases including malaria,” Claxton said.
Global Fund Malawi committee member, Maziko Matemba, called for transparency and accountability in the way the funds are used.
“As a committee, we are impressed with what World Vision is doing in helping to combat malaria. It is not the first time for them to get involved in such a huge task and we would like to see to it that the funds really reach the intended beneficiaries,” Matemba said.
But Matemba said all efforts aimed at reducing cases of malaria infections should go hand in hand with civic education.
He said some people use mosquito nets for fishing, instead of putting them to good use.
Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health and Population, Charles Mwansambo, admitted that malaria is a challenge that requires emergency action.