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AFLATOXIN MANAGEMENT MADE SIMPLE WITH HC4L PROJECT

THROUGH ; Health Communication for Life ( HC4L )

This Project is sponsored by: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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Health Communication for Life (HC4L) is sensitizing different communities on food safety and Aflatoxin management through the use of Purdue Improved Crops Storage (PICS) bags. In reaching out the targeted communities, HC4L established Community Theatre Groups (CTGs) and Radio Listening Clubs (RLCs) in ten districts to help in dissemination of health messages relating to food safety and Aflatoxin management.

Miseza RLC from T/A Chilowamatambe Group Village Head Mbozo in Kasungu district works with HC4L in sensitizing the communities on the effects of Aflatoxin to their healthy lives and tips them on prevention measures.

Tsogolani Phiri one of the club members, acknowledged the importance of the initiative as it has improved the health status of the people because they now have escape routes on some infectious diseases. "Most of the people have adopted the use of PICs bags and the problems of bacterial infections are now history."

Emma Kazingwa, a beneficiary of this initiative comes from Lato village. She recommends the peculiarity of PICS bags and why it is a necessity to use them. "PICS bags might seem to be expensive, yet their benefits outstand the popular bags which are commonly used for crop storage. You don't need to apply chemicals to keep the crops safe. In addition, neither the insects including the rats can enter through the bags to destroy the food crops," explained Kazingwa.

Meanwhile, almost six families have already bought the PICS bags following the awareness campaign. Among them, are the families of Tsogolani Phiri that bought five bags and Emma Kazingwa's family which bought nine bags. The response of people on the project is very positive and there is hope that by the end of the project majority of the community members will adopt the use of PICS bags.

With funding from USAID, CRECCOM is implementing HC4L project in partnership with the Ministry of Health, FHI360, SWET, HNI and University of Witwatersland.

Story By: Muhammad Kananji and Chisomo Phaiya