World Vision Malawi has launched a one-year Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) project for malaria in Nkhata Bay.
As part of the project which rolls out on November 2, the organisation has trained 300 spray operators in spraying techniques, proper management of insecticide, data collection, use and management of spray pumps, education of beneficiaries on IRS-related safety measures and environmental compliance.
Speaking at the end of the training on Friday in the district, World Vision Malawi project director Alexander Chikonga said they want to help reduce malaria in the district.
He said: “Malaria is dangerous to children and expectant women; hence, our partnering with government and The Global Fund on the project.
“I urge community members to allow their houses to be sprayed.”
One of the participants, Agness Kadzuwa, urged people to allow them to do their work.
“We have acquired enough skills for the exercise,” she said.
On his part, Nkhata Bay District Council director of planning and development Isaac Mkandawire said the programme will help deal with the disease.
“Malaria prevalence rate is high in the district. So, the project has come at the right time,” he said.
Mkandawire said the council conducted sensitisation meetings with communities on the importance of the project.
The Global Fund has pumped K1.9 billion into the project in Nkhata Bay this year.
World Vision is implementing a similar project in Mangochi and Balaka districts.