Bukedea School Malaria Prevention Project
The mission of Bukedea Rotary club, in this particular Malaria prevention project is to ignite a Bukedea District campaign for the eradication of Malaria in the whole district. Even with limited resources, the club hopes that through networking and partnership with other developmental partners. Including partners like Rotarian Malaria Partners Uganda (RMPU) and Malaria partners international (MPI). This Rotary Club is developing a committed partnership to champion viable solutions for a malaria-free-Bukedea. This grant will provide testing and treatment for primary school students in the Bukadea region. $5,000 from Malaria Partners International is being matched by the Gates foundation for a total of $10,000.
The Bukedea Rotary Club was chartered in 2018, operating in the Bukedea District located in the Eastern Region of Uganda. The club is currently composed of 8 charted members. While the club is small, they have done a number of projects that have had tremendous positive changes or impact in Bukedea District. One of them being a malaria prevention project in the P7 level of Government aided primary schools. I am very delighted for the partnership our club has with Malaria Partners International.
Bukedea Rotary Club President, Martha Lungu, said:
“As the next president of the club; I have gotten involved in the project activities like getting on the ground to see the situation in these schools-together with the current president we move from school to school, and formulate what needs to be done to improve on the situation. I am also involved in the sensitization of the parents for information sharing about the malaria project and also help parents know their role in fighting malaria collectively and what they can do with the locally available resources too. For example, what they should do even when the children are with them at home. The parents also get to know what they should do to make their compounds mosquitoes free and many other things that can prevent malaria.
Finally, I am involved in the testing of the children for malaria whereas a group with other Rotarians; we get to move from school to school to test the children for malaria and those that are found having malaria given medicine that can help them get rid of malaria.”
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.”