The Malaria Prevention Sensitization Campaign
By Article by Dr. Emma Bruce, Executive Director, Malaria Partners West Africa
Malaria Partners West Africa (MPWA) followed up its first annual general meeting at the Rotary District 9101 Conference and Assembly in late March with the submission of a Small Grant proposal to MPI on behalf of the Rotary Malaria Committee in Sierra Leone, the vetting of a Small Grant proposal from Rotarians in Burkina Faso, participation in World Malaria Day activities, and the development of proposals to support the SeneGambia ITN distribution campaign, beginning mid-May. The Outreach Program to Mothers and Pregnant Women at clinics and hospitals in the Gambia, long-delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, was launched in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), and the host hospital/clinic facilities (see photos to the right).
World Malaria Day activities were held on April 25th in each of the ten Rotary D9101 countries. The Small Grant project in Sierra Leone included a supporting partnership with NMCP in that celebration.
On May 8th, MPWA’s Executive Director, Dr. Emma Bruce, attended the formal launch of the SeneGambia ITN distribution campaign at the Senegalese border town of Karang (see photo).
MPWA will be assisting the distribution campaign in The Gambia with radio messages in six languages.
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.”