The Rotary Malaria Committee of Burkina Faso, assisted by Malaria Partners West Africa, applied for and received a $5,400 small grant to provide microscopes, diagnostic supplies and related medical instruments to the newly formed Koubri Medical Center. The Koubri region was suffering from a high incidence of malaria, particularly among young children and pregnant women.
There were over 31,000 cases reported in 2021. Providing the necessary tools to properly diagnose and treat malaria was an objective of the National Malaria Control Program (PNLP) as it transformed the Health and Social Promotion Center of Koubri into a medical center. PNLP appealed to the Rotary Malaria Committee for assistance.
The Rotarians, led by Dr. I. Soulama, responded with a small grant proposal to MPI and, upon its award, were able to deliver two microscopes, supplies for their use, and related equipment on October 29th. Initial training in use of these tools was provided by Dr. Soulama and the PNLP team. Koubri is a community with a population of 60,000 about 25 kilometers from the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou.