Meet Angela Kapumba, of the Rotaract Club of Lusaka, Zambia
By Angela Kapumba, Rotaract Club of Lusaka
My name is Angela Kapumba, a Rotaractor from the Rotaract Club of Lusaka and a student at the University of Lusaka.
I was fortunate to be among the Rotaractors given the opportunity to volunteer during the training of Community Health Workers in Central Province. The CHWs are trained in the Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) program which is an equity based approach to prevent, identify, test and treat simple malaria at community level. The program is jointly funded by Rotary, World Vision and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
As a Rotaractor, this has been an amazing experience for me and I have gained knowledge on how to deal with malaria at community level. It has also given me the chance to interact with different groups of people in the community and we were able to share our views and concerns regarding the challenges the communities face when there’s an outbreak of a disease.
A healthy community is an active community; knowing that people in the community will no longer walk long distances to get a malaria test is heart-warming. Because of this intervention, people can now have a test done within their neighborhood and this will reduce malaria transmission if diagnosed at an early stage allowing people to continue with their daily activities like farming.
Rotaract Club of Lusaka
This week we have the privilege in the U.S. of celebrating thankfulness for our blessings. Then, we enter a different season, defined by a different privilege, the privilege of allowing ourselves to direct those blessings to others, especially those whose lives lie at the mercy of malaria.
The buzz about vaccines continues the month with several publications this month. Two articles refer to the use of molecular markers in Africa to assess the emergence of artemisinin-resistant P. falciparum: Additional malaria articles are detailed in the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Epidemiology sections.
Rotary to me is an opportunity to join million-plus individuals all over the globe in making the world a better place for everyone in it. It is an opportunity to make beautiful friendships while making positive impacts in the communities around us. It is an opportunity to improve and better ourselves for our families, friends, and workmates and for ourselves through being better leaders.