Community Control of Malaria
The project takes place in Uige and Zaire provinces, in the north of the country. From 2018, it will expand to include neighbouring Malange province. The aim in all provinces is to build up sustainable malaria control in the community working via schools and community agents, and to provide sufficient information for the community to assume control of HIV and TB as well. The project creates awareness about the prevention and treatment of malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, promotes the practice of preventative measures and facilitates access to available health services.
The project reaches 5,000 families in Uige Province through the work of 50 Community Agents, and thousands of school pupils in both Uige and Zaire through lessons and activities at 100 schools. 10 School Community Agents work with teachers and pupils in the school-based program.
In Uige, families involved in the project learn about malaria prevention, about the signs and symptoms of malaira, and about the measures to take when infection is suspected. The majority are working to get in control of malaria, in that they maintain a clean environment to reduce the number of mosquitos and use mosquito nets. Participants are also made aware of the importance of behavioural changes with respect to HIV/AIDS and TB, as well as for the need to know their HIV status.
The schools-based program in both Uige and Zaire involves training in-service teachers to give lessons about malaria, HIV and TB; establishing school patrols formed of pupils who disseminate information about malaria prevention while ensuring their schools and homes adhere to key messages; and organizing actions, activities, commemorative days and competitions.
Students at the ADPP teacher training colleges in Uige and Zaire, who are in training to become primary school teachers, attended courses to learn how to give lessons about malaria, HIV and TB. During teaching practice at local schools in their 2nd Year, and teaching at rural schools in their 3rd Year, the trainee teachers use their knowledge to contribute to the fight against these diseases.
Selected results in 2017
- 541 Malaria Control Teachers trained
- 4,304 Pupils active in Malaria Patrols
- 38,798 Pupil attendances at lessons
- 5000+ Families reached by Malaria Patrols
- 124 Malaria Control Days in communities
- 3,285 Rapid HIV tests carried out by Community Health Agents
- 272 Students at ADPP teacher training colleges in Uige and Zaire trained to give malaria, HIV and TB lessons