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Safe water programme to benefit 2.7 million people

By Chilungamo Missi

The Minister inaugurating the safe water program at one of the water points in Mdeka, Blantyre. Pic. Chilungamo Missi. (MANA).

Blantyre, Mana: Evidence Action, an organization which scales evidence based and cost effective programmes to reduce the burden of poverty has launched a safe water program in Blantyre district to address challenges of water borne diseases.

The programme has installed chlorine dispensers at distinguished water points in Blantyre and other neighboring districts including Chiradzulu, Neno, Mwanza, Balaka, Mangochi and Machinga.

During the launch on Wednesday at Mdeka in Blantyre, Board Chairperson for Evidence Action, Anne Phoya said they aim at installing 15,799 dispensers at rural water points which would enable access to safe water to approximately 2.7 Million people in the eight districts.

“This means that the safe water program will provide safe water access to approximately 15 percent of the population of Malawi and 35 percent of the southern region.  

“The programme started in Zomba in 2013, as of to date, we have installed 3,799 dispensers at rural water points. These dispensers in addition to improving access to safe water for the people in Zomba, the programme contributed to job creation by employing 27 Malawians,” she said.

Phoya said that realizing the health benefits of safe water and how the programme was supported by the Ministry of Health and Zomba District Council, they continued their efforts of mobilizing resources to expand the program to other districts.

The Minister carrying a bucket of safe water treated using a chlorine dispenser. Pic. Chilungamo Missi. (MANA).

Minister of Health, Khumbize Chiponda hailed the organization for complementing government efforts to ensure that Malawians have access to safe water saying the gesture has come at a right time when the country is battling Cholera outbreak.

She said that, “We have evidence that the innovation has worked in other districts like Zomba since 2013. The initiative will help us to arrest the cholera outbreak in the country.”

The Minister urged community members to take care of the dispensers to ensure continued access to safe water which will also ensure a disease free community.

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