By Kayongo Abdallah, Program Manager, Malaria Partners Uganda
Despite declines over the past decade, malaria remains an important global public health problem. Uganda is one of twenty countries accounting for 85% of all malaria cases and deaths.
The persistently high malaria burden in remote areas of Kampala has led to the introduction of ‘malaria camps’ (MCs), where teams of Community Health Workers and Rotarians visit villages to educate the population, enhance vector control with long-lasting insecticide- treated nets (LLINs) and IRS, and perform village-wide screening with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and treatment for malaria.
The MCs are part of a program of malaria control in inaccessible areas, and have two main components, mass screening and treatment of all malaria positive cases and simultaneous intensive vector control using LLIN and IRS, allowing for both the parasites and mosquitoes to be targeted in parallel.
On February 18th, the Rotary Club of Namasuba with support from MPU, Centenary Bank, and Pepsi Limited conducted a malaria camp at St Apollo Hospital in Namasuba. The camp was effective as over 400 people turned up for free malaria screening, circumcision, dental services ENT, HIV testing, child immunization and free eye care consultation.
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.