Copperbelt Malaria Elimination Phase 2 (Zambia) Update
Photo Caption: Community Health Worker from 1st cohort receives her training certificate.
By Jim Moore, Malaria Partners International Board Member
Zambia’s Copperbelt Province is a little closer to providing 550,000 villagers in three districts with front line health care via community health workers, trained and equipped to apply integrated community case management to the scourge of malaria. To date, 129 CHWs have been trained and deployed to the health centers closest to their home villages in Mufulira District for 6 – 10 weeks of supervised practice in diagnosis and treatment of malaria, diarrhea and respiratory illness. By the beginning of September, they will be applying these skills in their home communities.
The next 132 trainees of the 387 CHWs needed in Mufulira District will receive their classroom and field instruction in four groups during the June 13 – 26 period. Following a two-week break, the last groups will be trained and posted to health centers for their stint of supervised on-the-job practice. At that point, Copperbelt 2 will be one-third complete, with 668 CHWs in Kalulushi and Luanshya Districts to go.
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.”