Neno: In a bid to promote water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), refugees at Luwani camp and surrounding communities in Neno district held an open day on Tuesday.
The open day under the theme ‘sanitation is dignity, hygiene is health’ focused on the need for each household to have WASH facilities and make proper use of the same to avoid outbreaks of water and sanitation related diseases.
The refugees together with their host communities showcased some of the techniques they were taught to practice in their households and how they use such facilities to keep the environment clean and free from diseases.
United Nations High Commission for Refugees is funding a non-governmental organization, Act Alliance to implement wash WASH activities in the camp and surrounding communities.
Act Alliance WASH Project Officer, Emmanuel Mangadzi said the day was set aside to remind people on the need to practice high standards of hygiene and embrace health seeking behaviours.
Healthy people contribute positively to development while as the country we save a lot in prevention as opposed to treating diseases when outbreaks occur.
As an organisation we are providing boreholes so that people have access to safe water, we are also helping in the construction of modern toilets as well as waste management expertise to protect the environment, he said.
Vice Leader for Luwani Refugee Camp, Dickfoster Mbalati said the community was embracing the knowledge that they get from the project, but decried unruly behavior of some of the members in the camp who defy the agreements.
We have some of our counterparts who are doing the opposite of what we are asked to do which is not good but we have not given up on them – we are still trying to reason with them so that we are all part of the transformation process, he explained.
In 2016, Malawi received an influx of Mozambican nationals who fled their country amid alleged war between the Renamo and Frelimo factions.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA