Communities fighting malaria in Caprivi, Namibia
This volunteer-led community health programme in Caprivi, Northern Namibia, aims to help protect over 59,000 people from malaria and other preventable diseases. At risk groups such as children under 5 and pregnant women will benefit in particular.
July 2012 - January 2013
Malaria No More UK
Malaria is a significant problem in Namibia and is one of the country’s top five health concerns – particularly in the north where the majority of cases occur. The Caprivi region is one of the worse affected. There is a profound lack of community education on how to use mosquito nets; how to seek anti-malaria treatment and the importance of quickly testing fevers for malaria. A recent survey showed only 25% of reported fevers in children under-5, were tested.
Namibia is successfully reducing its malaria burden, has seen a 95% reduction in malaria deaths since 2005, and is working towards malaria elimination by 2020. Malaria No More UK is working with local partners to reduce malaria cases and deaths in Caprivi by mobilising community volunteers to provide information and education, making sure the people who live there know how to protect themselves from malaria and when and how to seek life-saving treatment.
Train equip and support 534 volunteer community health workers.
Activities» Provide identification, education aids, referral and monitoring forms. Volunteers are not paid but will receive “hygiene packs” as a small incentive.
» Support 51 volunteer supervisors, providing bicycles and a small phone card allowance to keep them in touch with volunteers and the programme.
Success will be volunteers able to organise community events and visiting 25 households a month to deliver key health, and malaria prevention and treatment messages.
Increase access to vital malaria prevention supplies.
Activities» Support our country programme partner to work with the Namibian Ministry of Health to increase the number of mosquito nets available in the region.
Success will be nets to be made available for everyone who needs one – with all recipients understanding how to use and look after their net.
Build a community health resource for the future
Activities» Support community health workers in increasing their own knowledge and credibility within their community.
» Increase the capacity of the local in-country partner to deliver community health work in the future.
Success will be volunteers here (and potentially elsewhere) remaining a trusted reliable source of local malaria info and a network for delivering other vital health messages.
As a result we expect that 95% of homes will be protected by either nets or spraying and that over 90% of nets in communities will be correctly used. Thanks to education vulnerable groups will be better protected and at least 50% of children under 5 will be taken to a clinic for fever testing and treatment within the first vital 24 hours of illness. Importantly, the new volunteer network will be recognised by locals as a key source of malaria information for the future.
A key risk is that initial health messages are not retained or put into practice by communities. This is being addressed by equipping volunteers to be a long standing resource within the region, able to undertake repeat visits to households to ensure that nets are being used, and that treatment and testing continue to be sought.
We produce regular updates on our website and in our monthly e-newsletter to help report to donors how our funds are invested and on-going progress made in the fight against malaria. An end of programme report with personal stories will be provided to funders of this work, to demonstrate its impact.
Budget - Project Cost: £34,584Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £12,344 Volunteer training and support Field equipment, kit and incentives for community health volunteers and supervisors £7,429 Volunteer training and support Monthly volunteer meetings and supervisor communications £5,941 Volunteer training and support Local staff and activity costs in Caprivi £5,295 National activities National evaluation and advocacy work £3,575 Programme support & management Management, project visits and capacity building
Caprivi is one of Namibia’s regions worst affected by malaria. It is remote and borders Zambia and Angola which both have a high number of malaria cases. Regular flooding increases the threat preventing access and displacing the population.
Improved prevention and treatment of malaria will directly benefit the 59,000 people who live in the parts of Caprivi directly impacted by this work. Most likely to benefit are those most at risk from the effects of malaria and fever – children and pregnant women. The whole country can benefit, as the burden of malaria cases on the public health system is reduced and as our in-country partner’s capacity to deliver this type of work is enhanced.
We have been active in Namibia since 2010. We are already supporting a net distribution and malaria education programme helping to protect over 25,000 people, and the development of a training programme for health workers that will help them to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat people with malaria. Through this work, we have brokered good relationships with partners working in-country who are in a strong position to successfully deliver this project.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
The Namibian Red Cross Society And The International Federation Of The Red Cross In Botswana
These are our local in-country partners, with whom we have been working closely on project design and planning.
Communitiy Health Volunteers From Caprivi
Volunteers from local villages are vital to the success of this programme as they will be trained to deliver life saving malaria health messages.