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World Bank pumps $500,000 in Malawi

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By Faith Kadzanja:

NAMARIKA—The money is meant for enhancing
diseases’ surveillance

Malawi has received close to $500,000 [about K377 million] to enhance support given to tuberculosis (TB) patients affected by Cyclone Idai.

Cyclone Idai hit the country in March this year, culminating in 60 cases of death and displacement of over 86,000 people in 15 districts.

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And, according to Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) statistics, over 700,000 people are in need of assistance.

Ministry of Health Principal Secretary, Dan Namarika, said the resources were meant to, among other activities, ensure that victims continue to receive treatment.

“After Cyclone Idai [hit], the World Bank supported Malawi with resources amounting to about $500,000. This means the World Bank has, over the years, been flexible when it comes to responding to emergencies.

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“The money is meant for enhancing diseases’ surveillance and care provision to our people. We also use the resources where we do not have drugs or fuel,’’ he said.

The World Bank has given Malawi the funds through the Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support (SATHSS) Project.

Using the resources, the National TB Control Programme through the SATHSS Project, has purchased some laboratory supplies.

World Bank also assisted Malawi when the country faced a major cholera outbreak, which saw close to 1,000 people affected and led to the death of 34 people.

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