#WorldMalariaDay: End Malaria for Good in Congo, D.R

Malaria

 

Malaria remains both a major cause and a consequence of global poverty and inequity: its burden is greatest in the least developed areas and among the poorest members of society. Many of those most vulnerable – especially young children and pregnant women – are still not able to access the life-saving prevention measures, diagnosis and treatment they so urgently need.

 

Humana People to People Congo has participated in mobilizing and working with communities in the is distributing mosquito-nets in Democratic Republic of Congo since June 2016 together with local health authorities in the 2 provinces (Sud-Ubangi and Tanganyika) to improve protection against malaria in Democratic Republic of Congo. 

The project has been implemented in partnership with UNICEF DRC and ASF/PSI (Population Services International), a big international organisation.

 

According to the World Malaria Report 2016, in 2015, there were 212 million new cases of malaria and 429,000 deaths. One child dies from malaria every two minutes. We can be the generation that ends malaria – one of the oldest and deadliest diseases in human history.

 

Malaria has for many years been a serious health problem in Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the government survey on demographics and health (EDS-RDC) for the period 2013-2014, it reveal that 10% of all children in Congo are dying before the age of 5 due mainly to the disease. The study also reveals that the disease is the principal cause of bad health and malnutrition in the mother. Thus, the Government with its partners has launched a campaign to distribute long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets (MILD) to protect communities against the disease as the correct use of mosquito net is the best prevention.

 

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In Sud Ubangi province and the campaign has reached the entire population. The 2,300 villages and urban areas of Sud Ubangi province were mobilized and received information about malaria. All the 613,708 households of Sud-Ubangi are supplied with enough long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets (to the rate of at least 1 MILD for 2 inhabitants). In Sud-Ubangi, the communities are organized in 2,362 CACs for the monitoring of mosquito nets distribution and other important matters in the villages. 

 

In the Tanganyika province the population has been reached with malaria prevention awareness messages. All the 468,029 households of Tanganyika are supplied with enough long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets (to the rate of at least 1 MILD for 2 inhabitants). 528 volunteers in Tanganyika have been recruited and trained on how to carry out monitoring of the mosquito nets distribution campaign. These volunteers have been recruited in the health areas 2 per health area.

 

Mobilization of the communities helps to secure reaching of the goals for mosquito-nets distribution. Expansion of the actions in the two provinces is most needed in order to prevent the harm of malaria for the entire populations. 

 

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HPP-Congo has worked with the local health authorities, volunteers and local community members organized in CAC (Cellules d’Animation Communautaire) to secure that all the nets are distributed. The ratio of mosquito nets distributed is a net per 2 people. To prepare for the distribution, all families were visited and they received tokens corresponding to the number of nets they need which again is based on the number of persons per household. People then came with their tokens to the distribution points to collect their nets. Afterwards the families received visits from the volunteers who have taught them how to use the nets and why they should sleep under the nets.

 

In Sud Ubangi province Humana People to People Congo have reached all the 16 health zones, and reached 3 out of 11 health zones in Tanganyika province.

The project will continue until all nets are distributed and all families have been trained.

 

Thanks to the capacity building, community based structures in all the health zones engage themselves to succeed with the distribution of the impregnated nets. 

 

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April 2017