• DAPP Malawi is in 2020 celebrating 25 years of active involvement in development work with communities through out the country

  • DAPP is implementing 17 projects within education, health, agriculture and community development in 25 district that span across the country's three regions

World AIDS Day 2020: Global Solidarity, Sharing Responsibility

Every year, 1 December is World AIDS Day. The members of Humana People to People have in the past 20 years reached more than 20 million people with HIV and AIDS community mobilization for prevention initiatives in Africa, India and China.

The theme for World AIDS Day 2020 is Global Solidarity, Sharing Responsibility. It comes at a time when fighting the HIV epidemic has been affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic which threatens the gains accumulated over the past decades in responding to HIV and AIDS.

ADPP Mozambique - an adolescent woman volunteering for HIV testing

ADPP Mozambique - an adolescent woman volunteering for HIV testing

ADPP Mozambique - equipping people with essential HIV/AIDS information

ADPP Mozambique - equipping people with essential HIV/AIDS information

Since early 2000, great strides have been made to gain control of HIV and AIDS epidemic, but if efforts are not carried to the end, targets to end AIDS by 2030 will not be met. In southern Africa, progress has slowed down, and there are still far too many new cases of HIV infections, especially among adolescent girls and young women.

COVID-19 and the need to strengthen Health for All initiatives
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the entrenched inequalities existing in our societies. This health crisis, like many others, is hitting the poorest and the most vulnerable the hardest.
COVID-19 has demonstrated that, during a pandemic, no one is safe until everyone is safe.

Leaving people behind is not an option if we are to succeed. Eliminating stigma and discrimination, putting people at the centre and grounding our responses in human rights and gender-responsive approaches are key to ending the colliding pandemics of HIV and COVID-19.

We have seen how the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the challenges faced by people living with HIV, women and girls and key populations, including challenges to access life-saving health care, and how the crisis has widened the social and economic inequalities that increase the vulnerability of marginalized groups to HIV.

Humana People to People HIV and AIDS activities
Humana People to People’s HIV and AIDS programme Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) provides hope, saves lives and builds resilience among people against the consequences of HIV and AIDS. Each person has to take a firm decision not to get infected with HIV, and avoid transmitting the virus to others.

Working with hard-to-reach groups and key populations demands targeted and innovative HIV strategies. TCE works in diverse community settings. It empowers people to develop healthy communities and acquire essential knowledge and information, key in HIV prevention and support. Its approach is centered on community mobilisation, HIV testing, screening for tuberculosis (TB), referrals for treatment, and support for treatment adherence.

Our Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) projects build on the active participation of the people themselves in their communities. Cooperation between community health workers/field officers and medical practitioners is integral in supporting an increased uptake of HIV treatment in order to achieve viral load suppression.

Aligned with the UNAIDS 95-95-95 strategy, members of Humana People to People are working to ensure people know their HIV status, receive the sustained treatment they require, and eventually achieve viral load suppression.

We have taught mothers to screen their children

Coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease was the dawn of the new way of living worldwide.
Malawi was not spared as the country registered its first cases of Covid-19 from April 2019 and the cases started rising. Preventative measure to control the spread and reduce the risk of contracting the virus were enforced and awareness campaigns have been conducted.
In response to the calls to join hands in fighting Covid-19 organisations implementing developmental projects derived measures on how to reduce the spread of the virus.

 

A mother uses the MUAC tape to record her childs nutrition status

A mother uses the MUAC tape to record her childs nutrition status

Every parent received a MUAC tape

Every parent received a MUAC tape

DAPP Malawi, working in the areas of agriculture, health, education and community development introduced measures to help in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

Apart from the hygiene measures which included washing hands with soap, use of face masks and observing social distances, in its Nutrition screening for 0 to 2 years old children, parents were trained on how they can screen their children for malnutrition thus to reduce human contact.
“As a project we distributed the screening tools, MUAC (Mid upper arm circumference) tapes so that parents can be able to screen their children and record the progress in the growth of their children and especially their nutrition status,” said Shyreen Malunga the Project Coordinator.

One of the Care group members Mrs Christina Sukali said as mothers involved in the project they are able to track the nutrition status of their children as they are now able to screen their children in their homes. Apart from the screening they said they are also encouraging the women with children who are malnourished to provide their children with foods that include all the six food groups and to establish backyard gardens, she explained.
In villages around Mkwepele Health centre in Tradtional Authority Nyambi, Machinga district, there were over 90 children that has been identified as malnourished since the project commenced in January 2020.

To date, over 150 childern identified as malnourished have recovered according to the Senior Health Surveillance Assistant at the hospital Mr Robson Muveriwa.

The project is running for a year and it is being sponsored by the Valdese Church through Humana People to People Italia.

 

DAPP Moves 2 T/A to Open Defecation Free Status

The National Sanitation and Hygiene Technical Committee, an Inter-ministerial and WASH agency chaired by the Ministry of Health and has declared two Traditional Authorities of Kamenyagwaza and Chilikumwendo in Dedza district as Open Defecation Free (ODF) following a verification exercise they carried out.

Together with stakeholders from the National Sanitation and Hygiene Technical Committee, the team randomly sampled houses around the two T/As to confirm availability of latrines and hand washing facilities which are in use according to the report from the District Coordination Team (DCT) to confirm the two T/As.

Community members taking care of a tree nursery established in their village

Community members taking care of a tree nursery established in their village

Washing hands on a tippy tap mounted outside a toilet

Washing hands on a tippy tap mounted outside a toilet

The DCT on Sanitation carried out the verification of 25, 536 households in the two T/As to confirm the ODF status as such the national team needed to be engaged in declaring the ODF status, said Mr Anderson Bottoman the WASH Coordinator for Dedza district.
DAPP Malawi is implementing a yearlong Child Aid project in the two T/As of Kamanyagwaza and Kaphuka in Dedza district from January to December 2020.

The aim of the project was to move the two T/As to ODF status while working together with the communities to identify solutions to issues that affect their day to day lives.

Currently, the project is in the process of mobilizing communities to establish tree nurseries which will be planted in the rainy season as one way of fighting global warming and so far, 25 tree nurseries has been established.
The Child Aid project build on the idea that communities should work together to identify problems of mutual interest and with locally available resources come up with solutions.
The project focuses on WASH, climate change and smart agriculture, nutrition and health and education among others in order to create conducive environments where families can raise their children.

In response to Covid-19

DAPP Malawi in partnership with Humana People to People Spain is responding to the Covid-19 pandemic through donation of sanitary materials in selected rural communities around 16 districts of Blantyre, Neno, Mangochi, Dedza, Chikwawa, Nsanje, Lilongwe, Kasungu, Ntchisi, Dowa, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu, Zomba, Mulanje and Chiradzulu.
The three-month Covid-19 response initiative targets to reach 10,000 people, running from May to August 2020.
In Traditional Authority Mbwatalika in Lilongwe district, Mdzobwe CCAP (Church of Central Africa Presbyterian) Mission church is one of the beneficiaries of the intervention. The church received a bucket with a tap and tablets of soap for handwashing.
According to one of the church elders Mr Latiel Malela, the church congregates over 700 people weekly.

Refilling water from the borehole

Refilling water from the borehole

Mr Latiel using the handwashing facility

Mr Latiel using the handwashing facility


“In a week we have over 700 congregants, we are trying to control the gatherings through observing the one metre social distances but we still needed this intervention to create awareness and promote the handwashing behaviour among our members,” he said.
On coping with the new development at the institution, Mr Malela said only members that wash their hands with soap are allowed entry into church. He added that as a church they secure the availability of soap and water for the hygienic practice but not all members attending the service have a face mask hence a call for support with reusable face masks or skills to locally produce the masks.
The intervention is being championed by DAPP graduated teachers under the network of graduated teachers known as 400 Primary Schools who voluntarily stick together to share ideas and skills on how they can improve the environments around their schools.

 

DAPP in Covid-19 Fight

DAPP Malawi in partnership with Humana People to People Spain is responding to the Covid-19 pandemic through donation of sanitary materials in rural communities around 16 districts of Blantyre, Neno, Mangochi, Dedza, Chikwawa, Nsanje, Lilongwe, Kasungu, Ntchisi, Dowa, Machinga, Mangochi, Ntcheu, Zomba, Mulanje and Chiradzulu.
Targeting to reach 10,000 people, the Covid-19 response activities will be carried out from 8th May to 7th August, 2020.

Handing over of handwashing materials and soap

Handing over of handwashing materials and soap

Using the handwashing facility

Using the handwashing facility

Targeting to reach 10,000 people, the Covid-19 response activities will be carried out from 8th May to 7th August, 2020.

According to the Project’s Coordinator Jimmy Kayange, he said this is one of the collective efforts in fight against the spread of the coronavirus and reaching out to people in rural areas with correct information on Covid-19, how it is spread and how to avoid reduce its further spread.
“We are going to work with teachers who have graduated from DAPP Teachers Training Colleges and are working in the aforementioned districts to mobilize communities to avoid contracting the virus. These are teachers who are trained to become agents of social change and to work with people in the rural communities,” he added.
A total of 300 handwashing buckets 1,020 tablets of soap and information flyers and posters valued MWK3,675,000 have been distributed.
Expressing his gratitude after receiving the hygiene materials at his maize meal in Kumitete village, Traditional Authority Mpama in Chiradzulu, Mr Walapa said he is thankful for the donation which will enhance the sanitation at the maize mill.
“I have close to 100 customers coming here on a daily basis and I believe apart from washing their hands, they will also be inspired to practice this hygiene in their homes, and I will make sure that this facility is being utilized and the soap is available at all times,” he said.
The target is to reach over 1000 people directly with reading materials and while promoting the handwashing practice with the facilities which will be placed in strategic points like market entrances, maize mills, bicycle taxis ranks and hair saloons among others.

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