387 Community Health Workers Trained In Mufulira Copperbelt Zambia – Malaria Phase 2 Project
By Maudy Lwenje, Program Manager, Malaria Partners Zambia
Global Grant GG2095385 project that will train and equip 1,055 community health workers (CHWs) to provide basic health care at the household level for 550,000 people in three districts of the Copperbelt Province was launched May 17th in Mufulira, overcoming all of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are grateful for the support of more than 2,000 Rotarians that has made this day and this life-saving project possible.” said Dr. Fred Kaoma, Murulira Rotary’s primary grant contact.
Two week-long sessions of 30+ CHW trainees each began today in adjacent class areas assisted by Rotarians from the Mufulira Rotary Club and Project Manager, Ms Maudy Lwenje. The opening ceremonies were attended by dignitaries from all levels of government, the participating Rotary Clubs of Mufulira, Kalulushi and Luanshya, and Malaria Partners Zambia. Media coverage was provided by national and local TV/radio as well as newspapers. The below photos document this important milestone.
By late July, all 387 CHWs for Mufulira District will have been trained and deployed–first to the rural health posts closest to their villages for 6 weeks of supervised practice, and then to their home villages. After a five-week break for Zambia’s national elections, training will continue with 255 CHWs in Kalulushi District, followed by 413 CHWs in Luanshya District. The current schedule calls for all 1,055 CHWs to be trained and equipped by the end of the 3rd week in December 2021.
Community work is tough and requires a lot of sacrifices. To voluntarily serve members of your community day and night without pay is perhaps the highest form of sacrifice. But this is what community health workers have committed to do every day. Determined to eliminate the deadliest killer of infants and adults alike, our community-based volunteers are resolved and determined to play their part. In all our years of service, perhaps no one personifies sacrifice like Elias Banda. We met Elias Banda on June 4th, 2022.
From the 12th to the 14th of May, Rotary District 9214 held its 97th District Conference in Arusha. Over Six hundred participants were in attendance. Rotarians, Rotaractors, interactors and guests had a chance to discuss and vote on important District matters.
Laughter, dancing and singing was the mood in Bulosi village during the MPU/RC Busia visit to Busime Malaria Project on Saturday 28th May 2022. Funded by a small grant from MPI, RC Busia has since received 1,500 mosquito nets from Youth Environment Services and UGX 1,000,000 from Equity bank, Busia branch. According to the bank’s Credit Manager James Sekairi, “Giving to Rotary is no loss.”