Your MACEPA Malaria Minute: Zambia’s 8th Research Health Conference

By Chelsea Montes De Oca
Advocacy and Communications Officer, MACEPA, and Global Health Corps Fellow

Over 1,000 attendees gathered in Lusaka from across the globe last week to attend Zambia’s 8th Health Research Conference (ZHRC) and 12th Annual HIV Technical Conference. A large consortium of partners including the National Malaria Elimination Centre (NMEC), PATH, Macha Institute, and the University of Zambia presented the latest research on malaria in Zambia. MACEPA was well represented with five oral presentations and three poster presentations on topics ranging from community health workers, indoor residual spraying, and community surveillance.  

Above, Dr. Busiku Hamainza of the NMEC presents on the government’s goal for malaria elimination.

Conceptor Mulube, MACEPA laboratory assistant, presents on the use of molecular tools to monitor parasite infection rates.

Marie-Reine I. Rutagwera, MACEPA senior malaria surveillance specialist, presents her poster on data strengthening for malaria surveillance.  

Staff took the time to volunteer at the PATH booth to spread awareness of the organization and our programs in Zambia.

Photos: PATH/Chelsea Montes de Oca

Senegal update

Senegal has one of the lowest malaria incidence rates in West Africa. It’s also one of the only countries in the region where this rate is steadily declining. This is all thanks to the work of dedicated individuals doing their part to end malaria. Here is an update from the MACEPA team in Senegal documenting their efforts in the Saint Louis area.

This man’s name is Youssoupha Sabré. He was a malaria index case investigated in 2017. His brother Abdoulaye is the target of investigation this year.

Abdoulaye’s daughter, Gnagna Sow, happily took the treatment. This pretty girl also sleeps under a bednet every night to protect herself.

All of the family members taking treatment according to the focal drug administration investigation strategy.

The MACEPA team found this family watching TV under a bednet and doing their part to protect themselves.

Photos: PATH

Malaria ends with me

The “Malaria Ends With Me” campaign is going strong in Zambia. The National Malaria Elimination Centre, with support from Isdell: Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative, recently partnered with two Zambian celebrities on a video about protecting yourself from malaria. Kapembwa Wanjelani and K-Star, also known as the “Tilowa Guys,” are comedians, musicians, and poets with a large following on social media. The video blends their unique, comedic style with an important message about sleeping under bednets. The video was viewed over 37,000 times on their Facebook page!

Faith, Community Leaders Work Together to End Malaria Worldwide

Harvard hosted a panel of Anglican bishops from Africa to discuss the role of faith in malaria elimination and raise awareness about the many lives still claimed by malaria. In addition to speaking at Harvard, the bishops met with representatives at the United Nations and with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. Click here to learn more about why it’s important to incorporate faith leaders in elimination strategies.

Since we missed a few weeks, here are two more items to make up for it:

Africa’s big philanthropy

BBC world service explores the current era of big philanthropy and its impact on health in Africa. It includes voices from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and covers malaria vaccine trials in Kenya. Listen to the radio documentary here.

Anti-mosquito paint

There’s a new anti-mosquito paint on the market and it was recently launched in Zambia. Designed by Japanese coatings manufacturer Kansai Plascon, the paint helps to repel mosquitoes and claims to be effective for two years. Kansai Plascon is slated to be a part of the Southern African Development Community Malaria Week commemoration taking place mid-November in Mongu, Western Province, Zambia. Read more about the product here


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