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Malaria Partners International received an application from the RC of Arua, Uganda in August, having learned of the Small Grant Project funding availability from Malaria Partners International representatives at the District 9211 Conference in Entebbe last May. The project met the requisite criteria for a $5,000 one-year small project grant. After entering into a Memorandum of Understanding, the grant was funded by Malaria Partners International in September, and the project launched last month on December 29th.

The project entails administering 2,000 tests and treatments, providing for 500 supervised bednet distributions, and radio spots for sensitization and prevention. The Kuluva Hospital in Arua is the operating partner that will execute this project through a team of recently recruited Village Health Team (VHT) members armed with testing and treatment kits, all with funding disbursed by RC Arua.

This marks the first Malaria Partners International Small Grant Project in Africa. The photo (above) shows the project launch by local Rotary members, hospital officials, and local governmental dignitaries. 300 guests attended the launch, among them Arua’s District Commissioner who offered the audience impassioned thoughts and handed off five bicycles to VHT leaders.