Willard Chilunga

Willard Chilunga

Action Meningitis Field Worker

Willard Chilunga (25) comes from the Bangwe township where one of our Action Meningitis clinics is situated.

Wilfred did his secondary school at Nazarene Mission and was awarded a Malawi School Certificate of Education. In 2009 he enrolled at Chancellor College (Physics Department) and in June 2010 was awarded a certificate in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with a distinction in electronics.

In October 2012 he joined Action Meningitis as a field worker.

Role in Action Meningitis: Field worker at Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), which includes doing follow ups on patients that have been referred from the five health facilities that we are working with - Bangwe, Ndirande, Chilomoni, Mpemba and Zingwangwa..

Favourite part of your job: Working with health workers (Doctors, Clinicians and Nurses) makes me feel part of the team helping to save the lives of the children. Seeing a sick child that has gone through the ETAT (Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment) triaging method at their health facility and then referred to QECH for treatment and going back home healthy is great.

Least favourite part of the job: Seeing a child dying from disease that could have been cured if the child could have been brought earlier for the treatment or if the guardian had been educated about the signs and symptoms of that disease.

Do you think Action Meningitis will make a difference to the people who use Health clinics in Blantyre and how? It has already brought a difference with the introduction of the ETAT and Chipatala robot in the health facilities. Children dying in queues have been curbed since this system has been introduced as the triage prioritises those patients that are very sick. I have also heard from the health workers that the work we are doing in the health facilities has brought the spirit of team work to them.

Did you know about meningitis before you joined our project? Before joining Action Meningitis I had a little knowledge about meningitis even though my friend died from it. It was believed by his relatives that he had been bewitched because there was no such a disease.

Advice to my friends and family: Now that I have a knowledge of the disease, I do sometimes talk with friends about some of the symptoms of meningitis and the difference between it and malaria, though they still find it had to differentiate between the two.

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