Stop Malaria In Its Tracks
Malaria is a major health problem in Malawi. Each year millions of cases are recorded, with the majority of cases being amongst the most vulnerable (pregnant women and children) and poor.
In addition to the burden on households with the inability to work or go to school, and the burden on the health care system, malaria is one of the world’s leading killers.
In response to this widespread and lethal threat to Malawians’ health, the Government of Malawi and its partners, have promoted common and shared prevention strategies to curb the spread of the disease, including the use of insecticidal nets, indoor spraying, and preventive treatment.
However, despite coordinated efforts to endorse and roll out these measures, malaria continues to pose a significant threat across the nation.
Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) is supporting these efforts through our Stop Malaria in Its Tracks project which has been designed to reach over 280,000 people.
This project was designed to:
- Increase knowledge and awareness of malaria prevention and treatment within the targeted communities.
- Improve oversight and accountability for health services through engagement with traditional authorities, health facility advisory committees and the community.
- Forming partnerships with all levels of government, other NGOs currently working in the intervention areas, and local/community leaders.
- Capacity building of community health workers and groups on malaria treatment and prevention as well as on how to effectively include vulnerable groups in planning, implementing and evaluating of community programming.
- Community social mobilization where CPAR will collaborate with community health workers to address key malaria messages including the importance of:
- Seeking care at health facility within 24 hours of onset of fever and complete drug course as per prescription
- All pregnant women taking at least three doses of anti-malaria medication
- All households having one net for every two people and all members of the household sleeping under a net treated with mosquito repellent all year round