Rotary’s role in the project is to generate funding to train the approximately 3,500 Community Health Workers (CHWs) needed to complement the Government’s elimination efforts in the Copperbelt over the period 2018-2021.
RMPZ members along with representatives of the Kitwe District Health office, PATH/MACEPA, World Vision, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Malaria Partners International have embarked on a partnership to significantly reduce the prevalence of Malaria in Zambia. How? Rotary clubs and Rotary members around the world are working together to secure Global Grants through The Rotary Foundation and collaborate with key partners to eliminate malaria throughout Zambia’s Copperbelt Province.
Phase I: The Rotary Global Grant was approved and Rotary members are now in process of training 301 Community Health Workers (CHWs) from the districts of Masaiti and Mpongwe, utilizing The National Malaria Elimination Centre’s training curriculum. NMECis a part of Zambia’s Ministry of Health. The first of eight CHW training sessions began July 8, 2019, with nationally certified facilitators working closely with the host Rotary Club of Ndola Mukubaand the district health offices (DHOs). The Rotary Club of Federal Way, Washington is the International Partner. This endeavor will protect 250,000 residents, equipping them with medicines, medical supplies, bicycles and cell phone time to report weekly to health authorities on malaria cases and treatment.
Phase 1A: Is currently in the planning stage, and will be a Rotary Global Grant to train and equip 200 CHWs in the Chilalabombwe District of the Copperbelt Province. The Rotary Club of Aspen, Colorado is the international partner for the Global Grant; funding is nearly complete. Phase 1A will initiate training sessions in the fourth quarter of 2019.
With the expected completion of The Copperbelt project in 2021, an estimated $3.5 million will be invested to fully prepare CHWs to protect the Copperbelt’s 2.6 million inhabitants. The malaria fight is an exceptional opportunity for Rotary members and partners to come together to help end a disease that kills a child every two minutes.
Please join us.