Paladin continues its support of local health clinics by providing transport for government medical staff in the region, alleviating the need for local villagers to travel long distances. Paladin’s Community Relations team, both being health professionals, provide support services, including a large number of health talks at rural schools reaching over 4,500 children; hosting international researchers and other non-governmental organisation staff; liaising with the District Health Office on local programmes; and, assisting with audiology clinics at the School for the Deaf and Karonga District Hospital.
Discussions are continuing with the Ministry of Health on the most appropriate form of health centre to be constructed in the Kayelekera Village. Land has been set aside and construction will begin once agreement has been reached with all parties.
Paladin also runs a mosquito control programme four times a year in Kayelekera Village and at Karonga Airport, in addition to the mine and accommodation areas, as a very effective malaria-control mechanism.