Meet the Malawi Team!

Post by

emily king

on
February 8th 2018

Our work in Malawi has been going from strength to strength, and it's all thanks to our amazing field team working under malawi country manager, dagmar mayer. She's been finding out why they joined mission rabies and what they've learnt with us so far in the fight against rabies.

Laureen Mbendera, Education Officer

 

Introduce yourself and your role

I am Laureen Mbendera and am working with Mission Rabies as an Education Officer

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy giving rabies awareness lessons to children because they are the main victims of this deadly disease and it is good that they know more about this this disease while they are young and can remember how to protect themselves from rabies.

Why did you join Mission Rabies? What does your family think of the role?

I joined Mission Rabies to take part in spreading rabies awareness to our country and helping provide free rabies vaccines so that Malawi can eliminate rabies. My family is so happy that l am part of the team that is helping our country.

What have you learnt most about Mission Rabies?

l have learnt a lot with Mission Rabies about where we can find the virus, animals that can transmit the virus, how you can get rabies and what it does when it gets into our body. I’ve learnt how to stay safe around dogs and first aid to perform after being bitten by a dog. It is important to encourage everyone to vaccinate their dogs and cats to eliminate the disease.

 

William Banda, Education Officer

 

Introduce yourself and your role

I am William Banda from Malawi and I am an Education and Sensitisation Officer.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I always enjoy my role whenever am with the learners and they respond to each and every question that I ask them. This way I know that my teaching has worked and helped them learn more about rabies. I also enjoy when I see members of the community ask me about rabies and what they can do to get rid of the disease.

Why did you join Mission Rabies? What does your family think of the role?

I joined Mission Rabies in order to save the community and people surrounding me from dying with this disease and also to teach them what they can do whenever the dogs bite them.

My family really appreciate the good job that I am doing because I am helping saving other people’s lives. At first people didn’t know what to do when they had been bitten by the dogs but now they know what to do.

What have you learnt most about Mission Rabies?

I have learnt more with Mission Rabies, for example, animals that can get rabies and those that cannot get rabies. I have also learned the ways to protect ourselves from rabies. Without Mission Rabies I wouldn't have learned all these things.

 

Alinafe Gulumba, Education Officer

Introduce yourself and your role

I am Alinafe Gulumba from Chilobwe, Blantyre in Malawi and I am working as an Education and Sensitisation Officer in Chiradzulu.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy interacting with people and telling them about the work of Mission Rabies and the way people welcomed the development of our rabies awareness programme.

Why did you join Mission Rabies? What does your family think of the role?

I joined Mission Rabies for many reasons. I wanted to make a change and help eliminate rabies here in Malawi. My parents are very happy and supporting me with my choice.

What have you learnt most about Mission Rabies?

With Mission Rabies, I learnt more about how to prevent rabies and people and animals get rabies. I also know how to avoid dog bites and prevent rabies.

Chiku Nyirenda, Sensitisation Officer

 

Introduce yourself and your role

I'm Chikumbutso Nyirenda, a Sensitisation Officer for Mission Rabies Blantyre Project.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Being the first Sensitisation Officer for Mission Rabies Malawi I've really enjoyed the interaction with different kinds of people in Blantyre. I've travelled all corners of Blantyre District seeing and learning different kinds of life out there and helping all kinds of people understand rabies.

Why did you join Mission Rabies? What does your family think of the role?

At first I started a job as Data Collector for Mission Rabies and then later I learned there is more about saving life! When I was appointed as Sensitisation Officer I was so happy that I will be a part of eliminating rabies in Blantyre. My family is happy that I've got a job doing great work in this mission of eliminating this disease in Malawi.

What have you learnt most about Mission Rabies?

I've learnt that Mission Rabies it's only NGO which brings together all different people from the world to achieve one goal! Eliminating rabies disease.

 

Madalitso Namoro, Animal Welfare Officer

 

Introduce yourself and your role

I’m Madalitso Namoro, an Animal Welfare Officer of Mission Rabies and I have been working

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I always enjoy working with Mission Rabies because I have a strong feeling that this work vaccinating dogs is saving lives. Innocent people are dying from rabies every day so it's a special gift that we can do something to stop it.

Why did you join Mission Rabies? What does your family think of the role?

It's a very big opportunity working with Mission Rabies because I have come across uncountable number of people saying thanks to Mission Rabies for vaccinating their dogs especially during the door to door vaccinations because some are too old, very sick, and some with physical disabilities that they can't take dogs to clinic. I feel very happy working hard to help those people my family is always proud of me for that.

What have you learnt most about Mission Rabies?

With Mission Rabies I have learnt that we can all change things to make things better. All we need is to be caring and hard working. If someone's life is in danger and he/she doesn’t know anything about rabies, we can’t stop this disease but together we can change that and help them. TITHETSE CHIWEWE & SAVE LIVES.

John Michembo, Animal Welfare Officer 

 

Introduce yourself and your role

My name is John Michembo. I was born in 1987 in a family of three children. My highest education level is Malawi School Certificate of Education. I work with Mission Rabies Malawi as Animal Welfare Officer that mainly involves administering rabies vaccines to dogs in the communities. I have been working here since Mission Rabies started in Malawi.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy meeting new dogs of different personalities and those with different diseases and of course exploring new places in the districts that I have never visited before.

Why did you join Mission Rabies? What does your family think of the role?

To be part of the human resource working towards eliminating rabies in Malawi is one of the main reasons I joined Mission Rabies. My family is always happy seeing me working with Mission Rabies.

What have you learnt most about Mission Rabies?

Apart from learning that dogs and other animals need love and good care from people and how to stop them getting rabies, I have also learnt how to navigate using GPS.

Lyson Kanchotseni, Animal Welfare Officer 

Introduce yourself and your role

I am Lyson Kanchotseni and I am aged 34. I came from Ntcheu district in the central region of Malawi. l was born in a family of seven children, four boys and three girls. I did my primary school, secondary level from grade one to four. I then proceeded to college to do Food and Beverage Production but l had to drop out since my parents couldn’t afford the fees.

In 2015, our country, especially in the Blantyre district, had reported that many people died of rabies and most victims were children since many are coming from poor families which can't afford anti-rabies vaccines. I felt so sorry and wanted to help. I have been working here since Mission Rabies started in Malawi.

I joined Mission Rabies in May 2015 as an Animal welfare Officer .My role is to make sure that dogs have been vaccinated, collecting the data, doing surveys to make sure that 70% of that area’s dogs have been covered.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy my role because l work in both urban and rural areas and meet different types of people, coming from different parts of Malawi with different beliefs and understanding of rabies. I enjoy that now in the field about 95% of people whom l meet know about rabies. Also, the percent of people who died of rabies now becomes lower and lower since we started in 2015 which makes me very happy.

Why did you join Mission Rabies? What does your family think of the role?

The reason why l joined Mission Rabies is to save lives and help prepare a free rabies country for the generation to come and for my kids. My family is always proud of me and they always support me because l teach them the best way of staying with dogs and protecting themselves from rabies. They’re always happy when they see me in a yellow t-shirt every day going out for a fight against rabies.

What have you learnt most about Mission Rabies?

I have learnt so much from Mission Rabies. Now l am able to tell people how they can prevent rabies, how they can get help with birth control of dogs since many dogs are free roaming searching for food. Dogs are friends to us, they are part of our family. It is my wish that we can reach many parts surrounding Blantyre District vaccinating dogs and teaching people about rabies.

Alice Kamphata, Education Officer

 

Introduce yourself and your role

My name is Alice Kamphata and I work as Education and Sensitization Officer at Mission Rabies, where we teach learners at schools and help mobilise communities about this horrible disease called rabies.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

My role at Mission Rabies keeps me very active and it is enjoyable all the time because I act as an ambassador of Mission Rabies to teach people how they can prevent rabies and take care of their dogs. I enjoy that people now know about the disease because of my work and this organisation.

Why did you join Mission Rabies? What does your family think of the role?

I joined Mission Rabies because of their mission to save lives. At first my family didn’t understand about rabies but I took time to teach my family members and relatives about my job and the mission to eliminate this disease.

What have you learnt most about Mission Rabies?

The most important lesson I’ve learnt is that rabies is a preventable disease with almost 100 percent effective vaccines, but it's deadly when it reaches the brain. Another benefit from Mission Rabies is I’ve learnt to talk in big groups to the public and taught me to be how to act around animals.

Daniel Mataya, Education Officer

 

Introduce yourself and your role

I am Daniel Mataya, working as an Education Officer. My role is to teach children in schools about rabies, sensitise elderly people about rabies in the communities and teach people in health centres as well.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy teaching because through this, people know the dangers of rabies and it helps them prevent it.

Why did you join Mission Rabies? What does your family think of the role?

I joined Mission Rabies because I want to help eliminate rabies here in Malawi by teaching. My family is grateful for what this organisation has taught them about rabies.

What have you learnt most about Mission Rabies?

Through Mission Rabies I have learnt a lot of things about rabies and how to talk with people in different communities, hospitals and in schools.

Joshua Maseya, Education Officer

 

Introduce yourself and your role

I am Joshua Maseya aged 34 from Mbayani, Blantyre and I am an Education Officer.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy my role as an Education Officer at Mission Rabies because I’m eager to see this disease eliminated for good and feel happy to be helping with this mission.

Why did you join Mission Rabies? What does your family think of the role?

I joined Mission Rabies to save my life and my fellow Malawians’ lives from this dreadful enemy called rabies which has killed many of my relatives here in Malawi.

What have you learnt most about Mission Rabies?

Since I started, it’s now three years and I have learnt many things. These are what I learnt: how rabies can be contracted, what to do when bitten by a dog, how to stay safe around dogs, prevention of rabies through vaccination, treatment, working as a team at Mission Rabies.

 

What a team!! A HUGE thank you for all their hard work!! Our programme in Blantyre, Malawi is aiming to eliminate rabies through mass vaccination drives and education sessions in schools, health centres and communities. None of this would be possible without our awesome team!!

 

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