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Malawi: USAID Malawi Momentum Tikweze Umoyo Hands Over Cholera Medical Supplies to Five District Health Offices

USAID Malawi Momentum Tikweze Umoyo Project has handed over various medical supplies to five district health offices of Chitipa, Karonga, Nkhotakota, Kasungu and Salima.

The supplies are part of the support that the project is providing to the districts to help in coordinating and managing cholera response activities which is valued at $350,000 (354 million kwacha) for all the districts.

USAID Momentum Tikweze Umoyo project is a$28 million five-year USAID-funded project and it aims at reducing maternal, new born, and child morbidity and mortality in Malawi.

The project is designed to address major challenges facing the health sector in Malawi, particularly poor health outcomes in the five districts of Chitipa, Karonga, Kasungu, Nkhotakota, and Salima by focusing on providing quality primary care for essential and integrated maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH), nutrition, WASH and malaria while addressing the social determinants specifically WASH, nutrition, gender, education, livelihood, and policy.

The project is made possible with the support of the American people through USAID and is being implemented by Amref Health Africa in Malawi in collaboration with a consortium of six partners namely: WaterAid, YouthWave, Family Health Services, Emmanuel International, FPAM and D-Tree.

Speaking in Salima during the symbolic handover of the medical supplies to the district health office, USAID Momentum Tikweze Umoyo project Chief of Party, Marriam Mangochi, said this is part of the efforts by the project to assist the government of Malawi in managing the cholera outbreak which was declared a national emergency in December 2022.

“This cholera outbreak is an emergency that needs urgent action from all of us. That’s why as a project we are providing these resources to support coordination of the cholera response activities especially in the five districts of Chitipa, Karonga, Nkhotakota, Kasungu and Salima where we are implementing the USAID Momentum Tikweze Umoyo project whose aim is to reduce maternal, newborn, and child morbidity and mortality,” said Mangochi.

She added, “So, today we are handing over these various medical supplies to help these five districts manage the cholera outbreak. Some of the materials we are donating today include chlorine, cannulas, personal protection equipment (PPEs), and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS), among others, and these have already been dispatched to the other districts. Apart from the medical supplies we are also supporting the districts with surveillance and reporting of cholera cases at the community level as well as distribution of public health guidance so that communities have the right information and know how they can prevent the further spread of the disease.”