Malaria Prevention and Control – 2013 Activities

30 Jan 2013
RDO’s work, in partnership with The Global Fund, continues throughout 2013. Taking on some of the lessons of 2012, we have revised and improved out approach for 2013 to continue to reduce the impact of malaria across our target areas.

Our activities in 2013 will include:

- A community mobilisation launch ahead of a LLIN distribution campaign

- Quarterly supervision visits, strengthening BCC work, this will include training of a further 7,800 Community Health Workers (CHW)

- Targeted booklet cascade, educating the most vulnerable on malaria prevention.

- Introduction of a Mobile Video Unit, which will visit 40 sites in first half of 2013, showing a film concerning malarias impact, and how to prevent and identify infection.

Each review will also distribute information capture sheets to CHWs – acting as a reminder of the best practice behaviours in malaria prevention, but also providing CHWs with an opportunity to flag challenges and issues.
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Malaria Prevention – November 2012

23 Jan 2013
Malaria Prevention and Control – November 2012 Programme update.

November 2012 saw the latest suite of training events take place across Easter Province. Comprising 12 sessions, each with an average of 70 Community Health Worker attending, the sessions received overwhelmingly positive feedback. However, there remain many challenges –

- The LLIN’s provided at the start of the campaign are becoming worn with age and use. They will need replacement in the near future to ensure they remain effective.

- Community Heath Workers are seeing their workloads increase as education around malaria’s symptoms and potential affects improve. The CHW’s are called on at any time of day or night, often in dark conditions on rough roads – assistance around lighting and wet weather clothing was seen as being of significant demand.

To date, the campaign has succeeded in:

- Distributing educational material –near 13,000 booklets showing the symptoms and impacts of malaria have been passed into communities.

- Establishing contact and education through television drama

- Promotional material (umbrellas, clothing, bags) have been distributed, highlighting the intention of the campaign.

- Regular, well attended quarterly meetings with CHW’s to gain feedback from the process.
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Malaria Prevention with Gobal Fund – Background

18 Jan 2013
Malaria Prevention and Control, in partnership with Global Fund - Background

Through regular training, feedback and advocacy, here at RDO we are leading the battle against Malaria in Eastern Province, Rwanda.

Malaria has, traditionally, been a significant cause of deaths of infants aged under 5. Less than ten years ago it was the number one killer of this age group.

To reduce the impact of malaria is a complex process – as well as provision of malaria nets, communities need to be educated in the use of the nets, housekeeping to reduce mosquito numbers and a fundamental change in beliefs around medication and medical procedures.

 

We carry out regular training with community health workers, in order to educate and cascade messages to rural communities – this training targets four main objectives:

- Improving community access to malaria prevention and curative services

- Improving capacities of community health workers in the identification and treatment of malaria

- Increase awareness of the need for behaviour change with regards the treatment of malaria.

- Ensure all Rwandan households use LLIN (Mosquito) Nets, and are nets are slept under.

The impacts are already being seen, and malaria is now the 11th most common cause of infant mortality, though infection and deaths are still common, and the campaign is continuing the education.
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