By Chelsea Montes De Oca
Advocacy and Communications Officer, MACEPA, and Global Health Corps Fellow
Working toward malaria elimination requires coordination from many individuals—from government to partners to the private sector. MACEPA, in partnership with Zambia’s Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Elimination Centre, is capturing a range of viewpoints for the 2019 Stakeholder Assessment. During the first two weeks of February, teams traveled to Copperbelt, Eastern, Lusaka, and Southern provinces to conduct dozens of interviews. The information collected will help to identify challenges and opportunities for accelerating malaria elimination in Zambia. The results will also be compared to the Stakeholder Assessment baseline in 2015 to gain a better understanding of how perceptions have shifted over the last four years. To see the results from the 2015 study, click here.
MACEPA has been working in the Saint Louis region of Senegal since 2011, including keeping key community members informed about progress in the malaria elimination effort. In the latest example of that, MACEPA held a workshop this week with district chief doctors, field coordinators, and other stakeholders. The group looked back at 2018 activities to evaluate successes, opportunities, and challenges toward planning for 2019.
Even in the Southern Province of Zambia, despite great progress in recent yeras, malaria transmission remains. MACEPA, in partnership with the National Malaria Elimination Centre, is working with those communities to try and understand why. During the first two weeks of February, we held activities to facilitate feedback from the community. These participatory sessions were driven by community members. The goal is actionable plans for communities to reduce malaria in their areas. Below is a sampling of feedback from two community members. (Photos: PATH/Chilumba Sikombe)
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We didn’t see this coming
Bill and Melinda Gates recently released their annual letter where they highlight nine things that surprised them in 2018. Read more here.