Musician Skeffa Chimoto said Wednesday that he has gained more knowledge through a project he has been working on in the districts of Kasungu, Salima and Chitipa.
Skeffa has been engaged by a Canadian organisation known as Co-Water Sogema, which is working hand-in-hand with Ministry of Health to engage the community with health-related messages.
The ‘Chinamuluma Chakuda’ star, who before turning solo also used to perform with Health Education Band, said interaction with people in the community involves a lot with the creative side playing a crucial role.
“For instance, there is a music theory part which is being spearheaded by Lackson Chazima from Music Crossroads and then I am coming in with the inspiration part, where I am talking about my experience as a musician,” Skeffa said.
He said they are engaging the community on soap use.
“What is key in the project is that people already have the information about all this but we are using artistic ways to engage them on what they know,” Skeffa said.
The other topics that are being looked into include breast feeding, toilet use as well as use of ORS and zinc.
He said the project was targeting, among others, skilled birth attendants as well as families.
“This week it has been training and next week we will go to the community to compose songs. What we are doing on this is letting people sing songs they know and love and after that we will have road show.
“I have been able to go to areas in the village and interact with people who are talented. There is talent in the country but some people just lack platforms to showcase that talent,” he said.
“I am looking forward to doing more of these projects and it is my prayer that organisations and other institutions would use the artists in their projects in sensitisation and awareness programmes,” he said.