February 2022 Small Grant Update
Rotary Club of Abayi Aba, Nigeria
Like their fellow Rotarians, the Rotary Club of Abayi Aba- Nigeria aims to eliminate malaria through treatment, screening, and advocacy. Malaria Partners International’s Board of Directors approved a Small Grant of $3,203, used for the implementation of the “Aba Malaria Treatment, Screening, and Advocacy Project”. This project will ensure preventative treatment therapy for pregnant women, nursing mothers while testing their small children at two markets, two health centers, and the local College of Health.
Both local health centers render full-time 24/7 clinical consulting on malaria and infant delivery services. This includes:
Routine weekly antenatal (prenatal) days for pregnant women,
Nursing mothers with their children for immunization, vaccination, and other ailments.
The project will help nearly 1,000 women. Assistance will include sensitization, testing, and treatments at two nearby markets. It will also include the distribution of bed nets as needed. The project includes post-project monitoring and evaluation, three-month after its conclusion.
Rotary Club of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone
The Rotary Club of Sierra Leone was awarded a $5,000 small grant. It will use these funds to implement of “Malaria Awareness and Prevention Campaign”. The project organizers will collaborate with the National Malaria Control Programme and the Ministry of Health of Sierra Leone to reduce malaria cases in communities where it is most endemic among health centers infant and pregnant women.
The project aims to organize a mass-media malaria awareness and prevention campaign. It will use radio and television programming, and newspaper promotions to broadcast malaria prevention messages to a wide audience. In addition, a Community Outreach Programme will extend this communication directly to the most vulnerable, through prevention talks at health centers to pregnant women and the mothers of under five-year-old children.
The small grant projects in Nigeria and Sierra Leone will be instrumental in the stride to eliminate malaria.
Rotarians commemorated World Malaria Day in the Kitwe District and joined in activities that also marked the beginning of Rotary Family Health Days where free medical services were offered to the local community. Malaria testing and treatment was one of the services being offered.
From April 21-23, Rotary District 9213 held its 97th District Conference in Naivasha. The conference saw over one thousand participants and offered an opportunity for Rotarians, Rotaractors, interactors, and guests to discuss and vote on important District matters.
The Outreach Program to Mothers and Pregnant Women at clinics and hospitals in The Gambia was launched, long-delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.