By Chelsea Montes de Oca
Advocacy and Communications Officer, MACEPA, and Global Health Corps Fellow
World Malaria Day commemorations took off on the Copperbelt in Zambia on April 26 at St. Mary’s Rural Health Centre in Lufwanyama. The Minister of Health served as guest of honor. Zambia’s national slogan “Malaria Ends With Me” served as the theme for the event. Lufwanyama District has seen a resurgence in malaria cases since 2015. This was a major reason for the area being chosen for the commemoration. MACEPA was a part of the advance team supporting community engagement and recognizing community health workers, and we were also able to test drive our new Malaria Ends With Me stencil, together with a donation from Plascon paint company, to brand many walls in the area.
|“We are in Lufwanyama today because it is one of the pockets of this country where malaria has gone up. We are going to increase community surveillance and empower our community health workers with information and skills. Malaria will only end if everyone understands their role in the fight to eliminate malaria.”
Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health
After delivering a speech in both English and the local language, Dr. Chilufya unveiled the 2018 Malaria Indicator Survey.
Photos: PATH/Chelsea Montes de Oca
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“Zero Malaria Starts With Me” theme underlined the commemoration activities throughout the day. A field visit was also held the day before at a nearby health center to witness the malaria elimination activities in progress.
World Malaria Day in Paris
PATH CEO Steve Davis represented PATH on the RBM Partnership to End Malaria panel at the global commemoration in Paris.
Photo: David Bacher, RBM Partnership to End Malaria
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