Community Health Workers Trained
Population Served by Community Health Workers
Funding for Small Grants Projects
MPZ has established an Executive Administrator, co-chairs, and an impressive membership. Martha Lungu is the Assistant District Governor for District 9210, past president of the Rotary Club of Ndola and is the executive administrator. The co-chairs are Modestine Kaoma, Rotary Club of Mufulira, and Dr. Mwangala Muyendekwa, Rotary Club of Kalulushi. MPZ member and Mufulira Rotarian, Dr. Charles Chiponda, represents Zambia on the National Malaria Elimination Commission.
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.
I had a great learning experience on my recent trip to Zambia. Last month, a group of us spent nine incredibly busy days learning in great detail what goes on behind the scenes, at every level, to train, equip, and deploy Community Health Workers (CHWs) who bring community-based healthcare to rural villages in Zambia.
Rotarians commemorated World Malaria Day in the Kitwe District and joined in activities that also marked the beginning of Rotary Family Health Days where free medical services were offered to the local community. Malaria testing and treatment was one of the services being offered.
After nearly two years of building friendships via Zoom meetings, at long last, I was able to meet – in person – with (l-r) Dr. Mwangala Muyendekwa, Morton M’gemezulu, Martha Lungu, and Modestine Kaoma.
From time to time, I get that knock on my door and it usually culminates into a long chat about malaria. Talking to different people, young and old, educated and uneducated, family and friends; I have come to find that so many people, do not fully understand malaria.
On Friday 1st October 2021, a cohort of 30 community health workers (CHWs) from Mpika district in Muchinga Province took up arms against Plasmodium falciparum, the deadly parasite notorious for causing 98% of the malaria cases in Zambia.
Neighborhood Health Committees are the lowest level of the Zambian health system. A step below the clinics, NHCs have the mandate of supervising the Community Health Workers and other community-based volunteers. They are also responsible for identifying and nominating community members to serve as CHWs.
One of the most frustrating things about malaria is the preventable suffering it imposes on families. The death of a child or a parent, the loss of work, or economic stability can be devastating.
The trainings of Community Health Workers (CHWs) Copperbelt Malaria Elimination Phase 2 project in integrated Community Case Community (iCCM) were concluded towards the end of December 2021
As we reflect on our wins and challenges for the year ending, we are very proud of what we have achieved this year despite the global challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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