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
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