Child focussed Non-Governmental Organization; Save the Children says the Covid-19 outbreak has pounced more on children in the country hence the need to consider them more in Covid-19 responses.
The organization’s Director of Programs Operations Frank Mwafulirwa made the remarks in Phalombe on Thursday during the launch of a Covid-19 Response Plan by the organization to be implemented in the district.
The launch means that the organization will support Phalombe District Council in efforts to maintain the district free from Covid-19.
“Children have been burdened by this outbreak more than most adults. From the day the State President declared Malawi a nation at Covid-19 risk, children’s rights such as the right to education have been taken away from them, and currently more and more child rights continue to be jeopardized,” said Mwafulirwa.
He also said currently his organization was exploring ways of ensuring that other child rights such as access to health services are not completely crushed amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
Phalombe District on Wednesday launched Covid-19 by-laws that will govern control of the spread of the pandemic in the district among which issues of child rights observation are also clearly highlighted.
During the launch, Save the Children also donated hygiene supplies worth K14 million in form of hand washing facilities and hand sanitizers to be distributed in health establishments and other public places as to be decided by the council.
Chairperson for Phalombe District Council Fedson Thomas hailed the organization for being the first to bring Covid-19 response to Phalombe way before any case was registered in the district.
Thomas said Phalombe District was at a high risk of registering cases due to its bordering with Mozambique where there are cases of the pandemic.
He added that Mozambicans and Malawians using unchartered routes between the two countries are the ones that give Phalombe high chances of registering the outbreak.
The launch comes as part of Save the Children’s national appeal of US$ 2 million to support new projects in Phalombe, Zomba, Ntcheu, Mwanza, Neno and Mzimba South in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.- (By Sam Majamanda)