Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) Trainings in Zambia
By Eric Liswaniso, Program Manager, Malaria Partners Zambia
Malaria Partners Zambia (MPZ) recently launched 2 projects to be implemented in Muchinga, Central and Copperbelt provinces of Zambia.
The Rotary-led Partners for a Malaria-free Zambia is a US$6 Million project aiming to train and deploy up to 2,500 Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Muchinga and Central province in collaboration with World Vision and PATH MACEPA. The project was a recipient of Rotary’s first ever Programs of Scale grant of US$ 2 Million through the Rotary Club of Federal Way, which was matched by World Vision and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
On the Copperbelt, MPZ launched Phase 2 of the Copperbelt project which will focus on training 1, 055 CHWs providing access to primary healthcare for over 550, 000 people in Mufulira, Kalulushi and Luanshya districts. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Seatle, the project will build on the success of the Copperbelt Phase 1 project which trained a large number of CHWs in Chililabombwe, Masaiti and Mpongwe districts on the Copperbelt between 2018 and 2020.
In just one month, the PMFZ has trained over 500 CHWs in Muchinga and Central provinces representing 20% of the targeted number of 2,500 CHWs in the 2 provinces and in the process saturating 2 of the targeted 10 districts. The Copperbelt Phase 2 project on the other hand has so far trained 129 CHWs out of the 387 earmarked for training in Mufulira. Another 120 is being trained starting June 14th in Mufulira.
The successful implementation of the project so far has been underpinned by the effective collaboration between the partners and the participation of Rotarians from various Rotary Clubs in Zambia. In typical Rotary fashion, the Rotarians have been actively supporting the trainings and can be seen helping with registration, field activities, etc. Graduation ceremonies also present a big opportunity for Rotarians to spread the word about the good that Rotary is doing around the world and in particular, the support to end Malaria in Zambia through Malaria Partners Zambia.
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.”