The Busime Malaria Project, led by the Rotary Club of Busia in Uganda with the support of MPI and MPU, launched in March 2022.
This project provides malaria sensitization at a village and household level, mosquito net distribution, and malaria screenings. Prior to launch, 28 Village Health Trainers (VHTs) were trained on malaria screening with mRDTs, treating uncomplicated malaria cases, and providing referrals for all complicated malaria cases.
To date, these VHTs have directly impacted 5,000 people and over 10,000 people indirectly.
Malaria screenings, sensitization programs, and mosquito net distributions are conducted at a
household level, as the sensitization programs at villages are complete.
During a sensitization program, VHTs share information on malaria prevention, address questions, and screen community members for this disease. Since the project implementation, a healthcare facility, Busime HC III, reported a reduce in workload, as more people are being treated for malaria by VHTs.
In Uganda, malaria accounts for around 40% of outpatient visits, 15% of all hospital admissions, and up to 20% of all hospital deaths. Despite the ongoing interventions in place, it serves as a reminder to do more.
This is why we work with malaria control agencies in endemic countries to train, equip and sustain VHTs who work in their own communities to bring testing, diagnosis and treatment of malaria close to home. Your support makes small grants like the Busime Project possible. Please consider becoming a monthly donor and join our efforts to end malaria for good.
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.