Visually-impaired in Malawi get Covid-19 information on braille
London, August 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A local NGO in Malawi has partnered with the government to provide braille pamphlets to help people with visual impairments access COVID-19 related content.
Campaign for Health, Education and Sanitation (CAHESH) hoped the material will help equip the visually impaired Malawians with the necessary information to help them take care of themselves amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
CAHESH Director McDonald Kaluwa said the braille books include a list of measures and guidelines that are important in the fight against the disease.
The initiative has been hailed by government officials in the country, who say the materials are critical to the fight against COVID-19.
“Our district has a large number of people with visual impairment, this initiative will help us to minimize the challenge which we were facing as an office,” said Seti Piriminta, District Health Officer.
“These materials are very important in sharing the message about COVID-19 to this special group unlike visual presentations,” Piriminta added.
Malawi is one of 52 African countries that have reported cases of COVID-19. The southeasters African country has 23 cases and 2 deaths, according to the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
Continentally, Africa has registered more than 23,000 cases and over 1,100 deaths