By Chelsea Montes De Oca
Advocacy and Communications Officer, MACEPA, and Global Health Corps Fellow
In Mbala District, in Zambia’s Northern Province, just a few kilometers from the Tanzania border, community health workers (CHWs) were trained to help the Ministry of Health roll out its integrated community case management program in a joint effort between MACEPA and our PATH sister project PAMO (or, the Program for the Advancement of Malaria Outcomes). Northern Zambia has the highest malaria burden in the country so these volunteers were a welcome addition to the area. The new recruits practiced their skills at Kawimbe Rural Health Centre on the shores of Lake Chila before heading home to serve their communities.
Photos: PATH/Chris Lungu
Pedaling toward elimination
Community health workers need to reach the furthest ends of their communities. Toward that end, the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), a Global Fund recipient in Zambia, handed out nearly 4,000 bicycles to the Ministry of Health through the National Malaria Elimination Centre. These bicycles are the durable brand which were recommended as part of the basic CHW package, the essential equipment they need to properly conduct community surveillance. The ceremony was officiated over by Dr. Silumesi, Director of Public Health, who emphasized the importance of health and its relationship to the countries’ economic development. Dr. Silumesi and the event emcee even test-drove the merchandise.
Photos: PATH/Chelsea Montes De Oca
Beyond Lusaka, community engagement meetings are underway in villages across Western Province, paving the way for the upcoming campaigns on mass drug administration and indoor residual spraying, and to sensitize communities about the vital work of CHWs. See below!
Photos: PATH/Chilumba Sikombe
Following up on every case
MACEPA staff in Senegal continue to demonstrate their commitment no matter the conditions. Ndiatene Village in the Saint Louis area can be very difficult to access during the rainy season; roads often flood. As these photos show, that didn’t stop the determined team from investigating malaria cases in the area. Stay tuned for more photos in your next Malaria Minute!
Mosquitoes genetically modified to crash species that spreads malaria
Malaria has been a prominent topic in the news, specifically coverage about the development of genetically modified mosquitoes to fight malaria. Outlets including NPR, The New York Times, and Wired analyzed this technological breakthrough and its potential implications. The process involves manipulating the genetics in mosquitoes to essentially render malaria-carrying mosquitoes extinct. But some worry about the environmental impacts this could have on entire ecosystems.
For another read, here‘s an op-ed on the future of global poverty from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.