Blantyre, 15 January, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Religious leaders in the Southeastern African nation of Malawi are appealing to the government, donor agencies, and people of goodwill to support the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) in controlling the spread of cholera and contain the epidemic.
Malawi is currently experiencing one of the worst cholera outbreaks in years, Relief Web reported. Since 5 December 2022, there has been an increase in cases of cholera in the country.
In a joint statement issued Friday, January 13, members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) and the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), the Mother Bodies that established CHAM, say, “Since the declaration of cholera as a public health emergency on 5th December 2022, the country went on to record 6,760 cases in a period of 4 weeks affecting all districts.”
Within the same period, the religious leaders say, “The country had recorded 318 deaths. As of 12th January 2023, a total of 23,217 cases with 773 deaths had been recorded.”
“This could be so as the rainy season coupled with high population density has complemented the main risks for cholera infection namely; unsafe water, inadequate infection prevention and control practices as well as sanitary facilities,” they say in the January 13 statement.