Since 2017, Mwikala, a village in Machinga, Malawi, recorded zero cases of malaria infection.
In June 2021, the village, a home of 12,000 people, was awarded by the president, Lazarus Chakwera, for becoming a model in eradicating the mosquito-borne disease.
The community initiated an anti-malaria campaign in 2016 with the help of a group of volunteers who taught the people about taking preventive measures.
“What this village has done has given me hope that if everyone follows what they do, the campaign to make Malawi free from malaria is possible,” Chakwera said during the televised launch of the nationwide anti-malaria campaign in Machinga district.
The campaign comprised door-to-door sensitization as well as gaining people’s attention with drama.
A senior village chief further strengthened the movement ensuring policies are in place and implemented which included the effective use of mosquito treated nets.
Yasin Mustapha said:
“I have introduced the bylaws to prevent people from abusing mosquito nets,
“Some people would sell the free mosquito nets to fishermen. So, anyone disobeying the bylaws would pay a fine of $6. I use the money (to) buy a mosquito net, and I give it to those who don’t have (one),”
Fueled with the desire to affect lives positively, Mwikala community is ready to go all out to duplicate its anti-malaria campaign to nearby villages and beyond.
By Elijah Christopher