Community Control of Malaria
While malaria is being tackled on a broad front in the south of Angola, initiatives at community level continue in the north of the country. Zaire, in the northwest, has benefited from Community Control of Malaria projects almost continuously since 2008, when ADPP (among others) began managing USAID/PMI supported programs. More recently, the programme was launched in selected communities in Uige (2016) and Malanje (2018). HIV and TB have been included since 2013, when the ExxonMobil Foundation began supporting the community control model.
Community control of malaria, HIV and TB is founded on the principle of recruiting and training local people to inform about disease prevention, recognition and treatment, and help create a conducive environment where every person gains a better understanding about the epidemics in question and makes appropriate decisions with pertinent actions. A close collaboration with traditional and religious leaders, health services and local administrations is essential for sustainability and for creating a sensation of ownership rather than imposition.
There are currently 60 Community Health Agents and five School Health Agents working with 6,000 families and 110 schools in the three provinces.