Illovo Sugar Ventures Into Covid-19 Community Involvement Program
Illovo Sugar Malawi has tipped stakeholders in the fight against Covid-19 to always assess challenges communities are facing and provide feedback if the country is to win the fight.
The company believes that the approach will also help the community to fully own Covid-19 initiatives implemented in their areas and deal with myths surrounding the pandemic.
Illovo Sugar Malawi Managing Director, Lekani Katandula said “We believe that if we work together with the communities we will help in preventing the rapid spread of COVID-19 through a co-creation process that allows for the community leadership to take ownership of the initiatives uniquely relevant to their needs in addressing behavioral change.”
The remarks come as the company has ventured into a Covid-19 community intervention project worth 75 million kwacha in two districts of Dwangwa and Nchalo.
Community leaders, School committees, religious leaders, and health surveillance assistants are expected to spearhead the project.
Katandula further said “As a business, we believe that for us to succeed we need the communities we operate in to be safe and healthy.
COVID-19 possess a detrimental risk to the lives of not only our employees and their families but also the communities around us.”
As of 20 July, the country had recorded 867 new Covid-19 cases and 11 new deaths.