Other Projects

Malaria Project

In 2009, St John Malawi received a grant through BASIC Project from USAID aimed at encouraging the use of insecticide treated bed nets with a focus to save the lives of mothers and under five children. The project was operated in 10 townships in Blantyre. Through this project, St John volunteers entered into a formal and informal dialogue with the communities and reached 700, 000 people with the messages.

 

Elements of Disaster Preparedness and Planning

In 2010, Malawi experienced a tremor that affected the people in Karonga the Northern part of Malawi. St John Malawi
through support from Johanniter was among the organizations that channeled their resources to Karonga earthquake victims. 

The resources included:

  • Relief items which included pack of maize, soya beans and a blanket
  • Financial support towards training the community members in disaster preparedness and first aid.
 

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme 

This is an inherit program within the primary health care which includes education to community members in water treatment, water management, and promotion of good sanitation in homes by St John volunteers.

St John volunteers also provide the communities with chlorine for water treatment since most of the communities use sources that are not hygienic.

Currently, St John Malawi is seeking funds to support communities around Bangwe hill who are facing critical shortage of water. Plans are underway to tap water from a source in the mountain to the densely populated township to ease problems women and children face when they to fetch water.

For instance, women and young girls leave their homes as early as 2am to search for water and walk distances of up to 10km where they sometimes meet thugs who abuse them.