By Chelsea Montes De Oca
Advocacy and Communications Officer, MACEPA, and Global Health Corps Fellow
Keep calm and end malaria
The MACEPA team in Zambia celebrated a productive and successful year at our end-of-year gathering. After sharing team updates, 2018 highlights, and 2019 plans, we enjoyed a riveting game of charades (and reverse charades!) and donned stylish new shirts. Check out a Zambia year in review video here:
Photos from Senegal and Zambia
As 2018 comes to a close, we remain hard at work. Below are photos of recent efforts in Senegal and Zambia to round out the year.
On December 12, MACEPA and district health officials held a community dialogue in the Matam area of Senegal. This meeting aimed to address the high incidence of malaria in the Kanel and Ranérou districts and troubleshoot with the community. In particular, two villages in these districts register large outbreaks each year. These communities are difficult to reach during the rainy season and community members have trouble accessing health facilities. Staff reported that the meeting was productive and positive with plenty of recommendations from the community on ways to address this problem. Health committee leaders also promised to take action to reduce the burden of malaria in these districts.
In Zambia, under the leadership of the National Malaria Elimination Centre (NMEC), a new batch of health workers from six health facilities in Sesheke District were trained on mass drug administration.
MACEPA also supported the NMEC with two more integrated community case management (iCCM) training of trainers (TOTs) in the Central and Eastern provinces of Zambia.
Malaria elimination efforts in Zambia were featured in the New York Times this week—specifically, a project in Serenje District which focused on three elements: rectal artesunate, bicycle ambulances, and trained community health workers. Working in tandem, they can help keep children with severe malaria alive long enough to reach a health facility for treatment. The program is estimated to have cut child deaths in the area by 96 percent. Click here to read the story, or if you’ve reached your free article limit with NYT, you can also watch the video produced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation here: