MPI’s First Small Grant Partnership in Nigeria
Article by Larry Granat, Director of International Advocacy and Engagement, Malaria Partners International
For our first project in Nigeria, we partnered with the RC Abayi-Aba on a project aimed at improving the lives of pregnant women, new mothers, and their children under 5 years. Clinics were held at two healthcare centers on days when these women were especially encouraged to visit. At the clinics, they received bednets, health talks, and malaria screening. The program was administered by the Abia State College of Health Sciences and Management Technology with support from club Rotarians. Both clinics offer 24-hour medical consulting, malaria diagnosis and medicines, and birthing.
In addition, market vendors at the Umungasi and Afor vegetable and food markets received bednets and health talks on malaria prevention. Many of these vendors are reluctant to leave their stands to visit health centers so the messages were brought to them. The clinics will measure future clinic attendance by these pregnant women and nursing mothers.
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.”