Through its Improving Education Qualities in Malawi (IEQ-CDSS) project, Creative Center for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) con-ducted sensitization meetings in Thyolo district. In an interview, CRECCOM’s Programs and Communication Manager, Linice Sanga, commented why the organization conducted COVID-19 sensitization meetings in Thyolo district.“Thyolo is one of the 4 districts where CRECCOM is implementing its IEQ-CDSS project, and we con-ducted such meetings to ensure that community leaders learn about COVID-19 and share to their people since they lead their subjects,” said Sanga.
Concurring with Sanga, CRECCOM’s Community Engagement Officer, Thomas Chimwaza, commented on the importance of the sensitization meetings
“The sensitization meetings with community Leaders on COVID-19 is one of the major ways of communicating and educating people in the district. From these meetings, the com-munity leaders will also pass the same messages to their community members,” said Chimwaza.
During the event, CRECCOM shared and posted World Health Organization (WHO) flyers, and posters on COVID-19 on walls of different shops of trading centers, and con-ducted hand washing demonstrations. Health Surveillance Assistants, Child Protection Officers, Police, Thyolo District Social Welfare Officers, District Sports Officers and other stakeholders accompanied CREC-COM during the sensitization meetings. Thyolo District Social Welfare Officers presented on how Traditional Leaders should ensure that children are protected from Gen-der-Based Violence (GBV) and child abuse