Meet Nellie Mwanza, of the Rotaract Club of Lusaka, Zambia
By Nellie Mwanza, Rotaract Club of Lusaka
My name is Nellie Mwanza, a member of The Rotaract Club of Lusaka.
Rotaract to me is a Lifestyle.
It’s an opportunity to fulfil the things I’m passionate about; community service, social interactions, capacity building, and adventure!
The Malaria Elimination Program experience is one I could relive all over again.
The Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia project which is led by Rotary is training Community Health Workers to prevent and treat malaria so as to provide equitable access to integrated, cost-effective and quality community health services as close to the family as possible. The response was beyond amazing.
As a Rotaractor, it’s second nature to sight problems in society wherever I go. During one of the field work sessions for malaria testing by the CHW’s; in the presence of MPZ board co-chairperson Modestine Kaoma, we took keen interest in a male community member being tested.
The male community member is disabled, has speech impairment and lives alone. Interesting enough, he runs a small business; he makes braziers and pots from scrap metal. Need I mention that he was in such high spirits around us, and that was truly inspiring!
I’m happy to mention that a wheelchair was bought for him and will be delivered to his house by a team of Rotaractors.
Indeed, defeating Malaria is defeating poverty!
Nellie Chikondi Mwanza
ROTARACT CLUB OF LUSAKA
This week we have the privilege in the U.S. of celebrating thankfulness for our blessings. Then, we enter a different season, defined by a different privilege, the privilege of allowing ourselves to direct those blessings to others, especially those whose lives lie at the mercy of malaria.
The buzz about vaccines continues the month with several publications this month. Two articles refer to the use of molecular markers in Africa to assess the emergence of artemisinin-resistant P. falciparum: Additional malaria articles are detailed in the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Epidemiology sections.
Rotary to me is an opportunity to join million-plus individuals all over the globe in making the world a better place for everyone in it. It is an opportunity to make beautiful friendships while making positive impacts in the communities around us. It is an opportunity to improve and better ourselves for our families, friends, and workmates and for ourselves through being better leaders.