In Nkhata Bay North, four in five households don’t have clean water for drinking and washing. 60% of families don’t have access to safe toilets. One in every eight adults is also HIV-positive so nearly every household is affected by HIV or AIDS in some way. 

At the same time, the area is so remote that it’s difficult for people to access healthcare facilities or receive health education. Some communities are a nine-hour walk from the closest clinic. Many work and school days are therefore lost to easily preventable diseases.

Access to clean water and better sanitation 

Temwa provides simple ceramic water filters to protect people from waterborne diseases. Families pay a contribution towards the filters, which is reinvested in other community health initiatives. We also provide hygiene education and build demonstration toilets that families can replicate in their homes.

Stigma-free HIV support 

Temwa supports the implementation of provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling at local health centres. This approach means that everyone visiting a clinic is offered a HIV test which means people don’t have to ask to be tested. This helps reduce stigma and the spread of the disease.

Covid-19 response

There has been little governmental support in Nkhata Bay North to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Temwa has been providing PPE to local clinics and vulnerable community members. We also run radio and community awareness campaigns to protect communities and to tackle misinformation.

Read more on our health projects in our latest health report.

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