as 13 NGOs commit to pump in 1 billion kwacha
The Malawi government has set aside 38.9 billion Kwacha for the COVID-19 Urban Cash Intervention to ease economic challenges.
Minister of Population Planning and Social Welfare Mary Clara Makungwa made the announcement at a press conference in Lilongwe on Thursday 30 April 2020.
Speaking to journalists Makungwa said the funds are targeting 172,000 urban households in Malawi.
She said: “The Ministry is expected to re-introduce the identification exercise of programme participants under the COVID-19 urban cash Intervention due to anomalies that disturbed the process”.
“The involvement of ward councilors in the identification process brought in a political element into the program which the Ministry has sorted out. Only trained officers will conduct the exercise”, she said.
Makungwa further said the programme which is expected to be implemented in the next 6 months, will include registration of households in hot spot urban areas largely affected by the pandemic.
….Local NGOs pledge 1 billion Malawi kwacha to Covid-19 fighting
Meanwhile 13 Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi have committed to contribute 1 Billion Kwacha to support the COVID-19 response.
Makungwa said the 13 NGOs have come together to contribute the money to help in the sensitization of COVID-19 Pandemic to Malawians.
She asked the NGOs to also help in buying COVID-19 prevention materials like soap, face masks and buckets among others to be distributed across the country.
“This is commendable and I would urge other NGOs to join their fellow NGOs in fighting against the spread of the disease in the country “, she said.
Makungwa has therefore asked NGOs in the country to suspend their activities temporarily and focus on the fight against COVID-19.
Commenting, Chief Executive officer for the Non-Governmental Organizations Board of Malawi(NGO Board) Voice Mhone, said Malawians should expect more NGOs to come in and contribute more to the COVID-19 response.
“We have been calling for NGOs to register with NGO Board and get accredited if they want to provide COVID-19 related activities and 13 have come in one week, so we believe that more NGOs will come in, ” he said.
Mhone further advised NGOs in the country to make sure they keep addressing issues concerning the Pandemic to prevent its further spread.
Currently, Malawi has recorded 37 COVID-19 cases including 3 deaths and 7 recoveries.