Brian Kelly, former Director of Environmental Protection Services with Glasgow City Council, recently returned from his tenth visit to Malawi. Brian’s involvement in Malawi dates back to 2004 and an agreement between the Lord Provosts of Glasgow and Edinburgh and the subsequent launch of the Scotland Malawi Partnership. The Partnership’s initial focus was to strengthen existing ties between the two countries and to create new links which would improve health, education and, water and sanitation in Malawi. Brian provided a comprehensive insight into the work of the Partnership and his role within it in the Spring 2005 edition of Environmental Health Scotland.
On his latest visit, while in discussion with Vitto Mulula the Deputy Chief Executive of Lilongwe City Council, Brian was made aware that there are no statutory powers in existence for the control of the increasing incidence of noise nuisance in Malawi. Mr Mulula advised that elections at national and local level are scheduled for 20 May 2014 after many years without elected representatives and expressed the hope that the incoming government can be petitioned to consider the introduction of Bye-Laws for the control of noise nuisance.
In anticipation of the introduction of Bye-Laws, Mr Mulula requested assistance in securing noise measuring equipment so that Environmental Health Officers can become familiar with the techniques for measuring sound and properly assessing whether or not any set standard is being breached.
Brian appeals to any local authority in Scotland which may have surplus noise measuring equipment to consider donating such kit for use in Malawi. Brian will arrange collection and shipping of any donated equipment to Malawi. Any donated equipment should be usable and be accompanied by supporting documentation, user manuals and calibration equipment.
If your local authority may be able assist with this appeal please contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org.