Malawi Red Cross in MK3bn shortfall

Malawi Red Cross

The Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) says it needs an extra MK3 billion to reach out to targeted communities with humanitarian assistance.

This came out in Blantyre during a meeting with journalists under Blantyre Press Club (BPC) aimed at highlighting interventions being taken by the institution in quest to combat COVID-19.

MRCS general secretary McBain Kanongodza said the society had planned to assist people from 20 districts of the country with an MK5 billion budget.

“As of now I may say that we are not yet satisfied with the progress of the fight against the disease [COVID-19] but we are optimistic of completely curbing it,” Kanongodza said.

He said they have a number of initiatives including awareness campaigns targeting people in remote areas and called for support by December to meet the shortfall.

Nyanja: It was timely

In her remarks, BPC General Secretary, Esther Nyanja applauded MRCS for interacting with the club's journalists.

“We think this meeting is timely since positive cases are dropping and we really need new knowledge on how to disseminate information on the disease,” she said

Njanja has since pledged that journalists under Blantyre Press Club banner will continue to write stories around the virus.

On the other hand, Malawi Red Cross Society has expressed fear that the virus may spread further in the flood prone areas in upcoming rainy season as social distance and other preventive measures will be hard to adhere to during flooding.