YONECO mobilized young people to co-lead a cleanup exercise at South Lunzu Health Centre in Blantyre, Malawi in response to the two-front war of Cholera and the effects of Tropical Cyclone Freddy which the country is currently facing.
YONECO staff and volunteers collaborated with the youth from the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Machinjiri in disposing of waste and cleaning open drains and tidying various rooms around the health facility.
The Chairperson of Active Youth Association (AYA), Mphatso Limbanga, whose group was involved in the exercise highlighted the importance of youth engagement in managing health issues and encouraged other youth groups to be proactive in promoting health in their localities.
Mphatso believes that greater youth participation can help to ensure that prevention measures are more comprehensively understood and adopted.
“Youth involvement can also help to create a more positive attitude towards cholera prevention, which can help to reduce stigma and encourage people to take preventive measures,” he added.
The activity was conducted under Cholera Prevention and Response (Tithetse Cholera) Project which YONECO is implementing in Blantyre and Mangochi with funding from Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR).