End Malaria for Good!
No children's life should be cut short because of Malaria in this age and time we are living in. Ending Malaria will help build a healthier and more secure world.
According to recent statistics, in 2015 there were 214 million cases and 438 000 deaths from Malaria. The same statistics also reveal that the Malaria mortality rate has fallen by 60% globally and the number of new Malaria cases has fallen by 37% globally. The World Malaria Report of 2015 estimated that there has been a cumulative 1.2 billion fewer Malaria cases and 6.2 million fewer Malaria deaths over the reporting period of years 2000 to 2015. Although more is still to be done in the continuous push to end Malaria, there is hope that we can do more in our time to secure a better world for future generations.
Humana People to People engages with communities with high exposure to malaria, particularly in western and southern Africa, China, India and Laos to take an active part in adopting Malaria prevention initiatives.
The Child Aid program currently reached 350.000 families in these regions to create a better environment for the growth of children. The program works together with the members of communities in rural areas and one of its many elements the component of health promotion. Under it Humana People to People has integrated Malaria campaigns, organizing village based malaria prevention activities. Further the Child Aid program sets up malaria prevention Village Action Groups that supervise and mobilize the local community members into clearing stagnant water bodies, cutting tall grasses around homestead as well as referring sick patients for treatment at health centers.
ADPP Angola started the project Community Malaria Control Project in 2009 and ended in 2012 in the province of Zaire, reaching out to 6 municipalities in northern Angola. Approximately 100,000 people were reached with information about malaria prevention in the project. In addition, 10,245 school-aged children were organized into malaria prevention clubs and the following are some the additional results achieved:
- 175 Malaria Control Committees with at least two students representatives and two representatives from the local community were established
- 198 primary schools were involved in the schools outreach program to raise awareness and mobilize children against malaria infection
- 210 Malaria Control Teachers were trained to mobilize their communities
The ADPP Angola-implemented malaria intervention has resulted in an upsurge of malaria cases being reported in the 6 Municipalities of Zaire province. This has come about as more people are going to health centres to be diagnosed and receive treatment. The initiative has been constructive in building a better relationship between health centers and community-based health-workers in terms of tracing patients and referral for treatment as well as adherence to malaria treatment specifications.
In a separate project, DAPP Zambia is taking action to reduce the prevalent of common diseases in 12 districts of Zambia. The actions are being carried out by the several Child Aid projects through involving community members in Action Groups and collaborating closely with local health clinics. Campaigns to sensitize communities on the dangers of malaria and measures to achieve its prevention are conducted. Family members voluntarily take part in clearing stagnant water close to their homes, plant natural herbs which emit a strong scent that drives mosquito away as well as seek early medical attention when one falls sick.
Interestingly for Zambia, a recent survey has revealed that at Wusakile Health Center, which is part of Child Aid Kitwe reported a reduction in malaria cases by 206 between 2015 and 2016.
The Humana People to People members are working closely with various partners, government departments of health and other organizations in various capacities which are helping to Roll Back Malaria in other countries which include Namibia, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Zimbabwe, China as well as Laos the.