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.
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