fbpx

A New Dawn for Malaria Elimination in Uganda

by | Jan 17, 2022

By Cynthia E. Pacutho, Program Coordinator, Malaria Partners Uganda

Uganda registered a decrease in Malaria cases in 2021 compared to 2020*, amidst the challenges presented by COVID-19 over the two years. Malaria Partners Uganda (MPU) is taking the fresh opportunity presented by a new year to implement a replicable Malaria elimination advocacy model with particular focus on the disease’s socio-economic impact on the country. More than selling death, we will amplify the impact a healthy population in all sectors has on economic growth.

At the heart of the Malaria fight are the community members, whose daily practices have a bearing on the prevention and control of Malaria contraction and death. We shall continue our community engagements through over 200 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs across the country, with major focus on sensitization to trigger a mindset change about the killer disease; consequently, promoting Malaria-smart practices e.g., clearing mosquito breeding grounds, proper use of mosquito nets, growing mosquito repellent vegetation, blood donation, no self-medication etc.

Over the past two years, amidst limited resources, the success of multisectoral collaboration against Covid19 put the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement in the spot light when it comes to fighting disease. MPU will therefor position herself as an apex organization rallying relevant stakeholders for engagement in Malaria advocacy issues, like the Malaria Control and Elimination Bill.

One cannot undermine the influence of government leadership in policy and practice around Malaria eradication. 2022 will see MPU, in partnership with the Uganda Parliamentary Forum Malaria (UPFM), pursue the setup of a Malaria Dashboard in the halls of Parliament to create awareness amongst legislators of the gravity of the disease in each of their constituencies, with an aim of eliciting action. UPFM’s mandate is to advocate for every Member of Parliament to take personal responsibility for their constituency being Malaria-free.

In a nutshell, our strategy this year will entail increased community involvement through Rotary, deeper stakeholder engagement and advocating for Malaria mainstreaming; all in a bid to realize our mandate – the elimination of Malaria in Uganda.

*Ministry of Health, National Malaria Control Program Report (Aug 2021): Trends of confirmed Malaria cases in 2020 & 2021.

2022 Interactive Small Grants Map

2022 Interactive Small Grants Map

In 2022, Malaria Partners International continued to make a difference in malaria-endemic countries through their small grants program. We successfully funded grants in six different countries, with many more grants already in the pipeline for 2023. Projects ranged...

2023 New Year Message from Jenny Andrews, Executive Director

2023 New Year Message from Jenny Andrews, Executive Director

Welcoming 2023 at Malaria Partners International   Happy New Year! To me, a new year always brings exciting opportunities to accelerate the strategies and activities that have worked well over the last 12 months and think creatively about new strategies, new...

January 2023 Science & Research Report

January 2023 Science & Research Report

By Dr. Derick Pasternak, Malaria Science & Research Coordinator, Malaria Partners International The WHO World Malaria Report 2022, a 300+ page document appeared in December.  Its 18-page summary, the World Malaria Report at a Glance is included as an Appendix to...

Always stay up to date - sign up for our newsletter here to get news and project updates.