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Malawi Red Cross Commends Treasury for Timely Funding

Washoni Washoni - pic by Christopher Sande

Malawi Red Cross Society says timely disbursement of resources to the organisation by treasury has assisted the humanitarian organisation to participate in mobilizing communities in the just ended polio vaccination campaign.

The organisation’ Communications and Resource Mobilisation Specialist, Felix Washon has told Zodiak today that the organisation has used part of the government subventions for the month of August to conduct community mobilization in Mzuzu, Mangochi and others to ensure that all the children receive the vaccine.

"You know that Malawi Red Cross Society gets part of its funding from government, the national budget.

"We have been able to use part of the money given to us to do community mobilisation to ensure that all children get the polio vaccine," said Washon.

The organisation was allocated over K600 million in the 2023/2024 national budgets to support some of its activities.

Washon went on to thank the organisation' volunteers for their commitment in helping the implementation of various activities.

"Volunteers play a crucial role in our organization, we want to commend them for the job well done," explained he.

Meanwhile, health authorities say interventions done by partners including Malawi Red Cross Society have assisted masses to understand the importance of the polio vaccination campaign.

For instance, Chief Preventive Health officer for Blantyre Penjani Chunda said they have been able to reach their target.

"We targeted to vaccinate around 600,000 children and our work was made simple due to a smooth collaboration among various stakeholders.

"Polio is still a threat, so you stop firefighting when fire has stopped, so we will continue to until the disease is contained," said Chunda.

A woman, Fainess Potani from Manje area in Blantyre encouraged Malawians to allow their children to receive such vaccines for the children to have full protection.

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