By Sarah Pickersgill
Advocacy and Communications Officer, MACEPA, and Global Health Corps Fellow
Health education in Senegal
Last week, the Senegal National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) hosted a workshop in Thiès Region with the National Service of Health Education and Information. The workshop covered a variety of topics in heath communication and sensitization.
Workshop attendees broke up into groups to discuss malaria programs. The northern axis working group (pictured below) includes areas in which MACEPA works.
More work in western Zambia
In Western Province, the MACEPA Zambia team is holding village meetings to sensitize communities on mass drug administration (MDA). Community health workers, who play a critical role during MDA, also joined these meetings. The MACEPA team is visiting 19 communities in three Western Province districts.
A delegation of eight journalists from around the world traveled to Southern Province, Zambia, last week to better understand the National Malaria Elimination Programme’s malaria elimination efforts. Last Friday in Sinazongwe, near the shore of Lake Kariba, the delegation observed human landing catches of mosquitoes for an entomological study. Sanchita Sharma of the Hindustan Times published a piece on these mosquito catchers.
In the news
Medicines for Malaria Ventures (MMV) is teaming up with Transaid to address the lack of access to severe malaria treatment. In support of the National Malaria Elimination Centre, MMV and Transaid will be working to improve severe malaria case management in Serenje District, Central Province, Zambia. (MMV)
Following years of conflict, Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria is suffering from high malaria mortality rates. In this interview, WHO Global Malaria Programme Director Pedro Alonso describes the integrated campaign underway that’s targeting malaria and polio in under-five populations. Since the program was launched in July, WHO and partners have delivered antimalarial medicines and the polio vaccine to about 1.2 million children in Borno State.
Using crowd-sourced recordings of the mosquito’s “buzz,” Stanford’s Prakash Lab’s Abuzz project wants to build the world’s largest mosquito map. Researchers analyze the simple cell phone recordings, identify the species by sound, map them, and share the findings. (Science Daily)
For more on maps, check out the latest from the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences. DiSARM (Disease Surveillance and Risk Monitoring) combines data collected by community health workers with satellite imagery to produce “risk maps” for health programs. DiSARM is being implemented in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland with support from the Clinton Health Initiative.
Can’t get enough maps this week? Check out one more story on how Missing Maps, a humanitarian project that maps parts of the world vulnerable to natural disasters, conflicts, and disease, is working to ensure the benefits of improved geographical information are reaching even the most remote populations. Read stories from Haiti and Senegal, where Missing Maps is working to map areas in which satellite photos are either obscured or inaccurate. (Newsweek)
In an increasingly complex global health space, there has never been a more critical time to communicate science effectively. November 16–17, tune in for the Science of Science Communication III live webcast to hear from experts about strategies in communicating advances in science and technology. (National Academy of Sciences Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia)
DFID has announced the launch of a new malaria program in Uganda. Over the next five years, the UK government will invest up to sh215 billion ($59 million) to tackle malaria in the country. (AllAfrica.com)
The South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases has reported an uptick in malaria cases, prompting some to question whether South Africa will miss its target of eliminating malaria by 2018. (Business Day)