Malaria Partners Uganda engaged with Rotary District 9213 Presidents from the Eastern part of Uganda, for a training and mapping meeting on June 16th to address the currently high burden of malaria in the Eastern part of the country and to understand the critical role of Rotarians to this cause.
The meeting also aimed on an analysis of the current malaria situation in the country. This allows clubs to understand the burden and the effort needed, as it was presented by the Ministry of Health. We developed work plans, identified and also guided Rotarians on key advocacy related activities that can be implemented by clubs in their respective areas of jurisdiction that can be done to address malaria elimination.
This engagement is critical to enable MPU deliver its commitments in line with its country strategy and also align to the national, global and regional malaria strategies and interventions.
At the meeting, Rotarians formed group discussions to discuss Malaria community-based innovative solutions and responses/approaches by their clubs with specific examples and best practices.
Key indicators shared were:
- Malaria awareness
- case management
- drug adherence
- and Monitoring and Evaluation.
MPU shall continue to support responses to achieve the Malaria-related targets in the proposed partnership,build capacity within Rotarians for mainstreaming malaria, as well as strengthening coordination and collaboration within Rotary.
MPU shared fact sheets, malaria talking points, MPI small grants application brochures and a reporting and tracking tool that has been developed by MPU to monitor and evaluate the indicators that have been shared with the respective asks and tasks.
On September 8th, 2023, the Rotary International President Gordon McInally announced that Rotary and its partners World Vision and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be implementing the Rotary Healthy Communities Challenge which will build on the successes of the Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia project and scale that work to 3 other countries.
Malaria Partners West Africa has been engaging with PATH and The Gambia’s Ministry of Health and National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to design a new initiative aimed at strengthening community case-based surveillance for malaria in the North Bank Regions of The Gambia.
By Peter Mubanga Ng’andu – Rotaract Club of Lusaka
As a Project Management & M&E professional, I believe in data driven interventions and that’s why when an opportunity to volunteer in Data Quality Audits (DQA) emerged, I gladly took it in the spirit of service above self.