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Development Communications Trust (DCT)implements a Covid- 19 project in Mchinji

By Sarah Munthali – Mana.

In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, Development Communications Trust (DCT) is implementing a response intervention project which seeks to increase knowledge and motivate people to practice recommended behaviours for the prevention of possible Covid- 19 outbreak. 

Speaking during a Public Health Emergencies Management Committee (PHEMC) meeting held in Mchinji recently, the Project Coordinator, Bettie Chumbu said the organization is using key influencers such as chiefs, traditional healers, religious leaders and volunteers called radio listening clubs who are taking a leading role in message dissemination in their remote areas. 

“As an organization, we have observed that people are aware of the pandemic and how to prevent themselves from contracting it, but what is remaining is to see a changed behavior in them such as frequent handwashing with soap, practicing social distancing, among others,” she explained.

According to Chumbu, for a person to change behaviour and adopt good practices, there was need for the individual to see a key benefit in it, thereby calling for more than awareness. 

She said that is why DCT has trained the stakeholders who are going beyond just raising awareness of the pandemic, but are promoting the change of some behaviours that would expose people in contracting the virus through interpersonal communication.

“Installation and usage of locally made handwashing facilities popularly called ‘mponda giya’ was one such practice being promoted by the stakeholders as this will motive both adults and children to practice the handwashing with soap at household level,” Chumbu pointed out.  

Traditional Authority (TA) Simphasi commended DCT for considering engaging community based stakeholders as partners in this fight, saying they have great influence over their subjects who are likely to receive their message positively when a  calamities such as the pandemic strike. 

Among other approaches in awareness raising, DCT was using mobile vans to raise awareness on Covid-19 as well as phone in programmes aired on community radio stations in the targeted districts, where Malawians are given space to interact with health experts to clarify on certain myths, misconceptions and fake news from social media about COVID 19.

The response project is called “Increasing Awareness On protection and Preparedness against COVID -19 Outbreak and is being implemented in five districts of Mchinji, Dowa, Mwanza, Karonga and Blantyre with funding from United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). 

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DCT implements a Covid- 19 project in Mchinji

By Sarah Munthali

Mchinji, May 13, Mana: In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, Development Communications Trust (DCT) is implementing a response intervention project which seeks to increase knowledge and motivate people to practice recommended behaviours for the prevention of possible Covid- 19 outbreak. 

Speaking during a Public Health Emergencies Management Committee (PHEMC) meeting held in Mchinji recently, the Project Coordinator, Bettie Chumbu said the organization is using key influencers such as chiefs, traditional healers, religious leaders and volunteers called radio listening clubs who are taking a leading role in message dissemination in their remote areas. 

“As an organization, we have observed that people are aware of the pandemic and how to prevent themselves from contracting it, but what is remaining is to see a changed behavior in them such as frequent handwashing with soap, practicing social distancing, among others,” she explained.

According to Chumbu, for a person to change behaviour and adopt good practices, there was need for the individual to see a key benefit in it, thereby calling for more than awareness. 

She said that is why DCT has trained the stakeholders who are going beyond just raising awareness of the pandemic, but are promoting the change of some behaviours that would expose people in contracting the virus through interpersonal communication.

“Installation and usage of locally made handwashing facilities popularly called ‘mponda giya’ was one such practice being promoted by the stakeholders as this will motive both adults and children to practice the handwashing with soap at household level,” Chumbu pointed out.  

Traditional Authority (TA) Simphasi commended DCT for considering engaging community based stakeholders as partners in this fight, saying they have great influence over their subjects who are likely to receive their message positively when a  calamities such as the pandemic strike. 

Among other approaches in awareness raising, DCT was using mobile vans to raise awareness on Covid-19 as well as phone in programmes aired on community radio stations in the targeted districts, where Malawians are given space to interact with health experts to clarify on certain myths, misconceptions and fake news from social media about COVID 19.

The response project is called “Increasing Awareness On protection and Preparedness against COVID -19 Outbreak and is being implemented in five districts of Mchinji, Dowa, Mwanza, Karonga and Blantyre with funding from United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). 

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