In the past couple months I have presented information on the community directed intervention (CDI) approach at several meetings. The common question arises, “Can volunteers handle all those different interventions?”Â This made me realize that the CDI approach, though well accepted in the onchocerciasis control community, may not be understood by others. CDI was developed… Continue reading Community Directed Intervention – Need for Greater Understanding
Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times in a column entitled, “Pssst. Pneumonia. Pass it on,” is rightfully implying that while there has been much attention to malaria, HIV and tuberculosis, it is almost as if the international health community were keeping childhood killer diseases like pneumonia a secret.Â Kristof goes on to explain that… Continue reading Malaria and Pneumonia – collaboration, not competition
Many communities lack access to health facilities due to distance or seasonal rains.Â Strategies that ensure residents of these communities get appropriate malaria treatment promptly should be a central part of any country’s national malaria plan. According to WHO the HMM strategic components include – Availability of and access to effective, high-quality, prepacked antimalarial medicines… Continue reading Charity – and malaria treatment – begins at home
District health officials in Ghana know that the life saving benefits of malaria interventions cannot be sustained without the community. GNA reports that, “Sunyani Municipal Health Directorate has concluded its 2008 review meeting with a call on mothers to continue to use insecticide treated mosquito bed nets for their children.” Reported malaria deaths in the… Continue reading Sustaining Intervention with the Right Kind of Health Education
Nigeria Health Watch calls our attention to numerous news headlines highlighting hospital construction … Benue okays renovation of 10 hospitals Lagos completes 100-bed children’s hospitals Nigerian in Britain Hopes to Build Hospital in Homeland Afam Onyema’s singular goal: to build a hospital in Nigeria Foundation laying ceremony of the much publicized American Hospital to be… Continue reading Hospitals, hospitals, hospitals – but can they conquer malaria?
BBC is featuring community medicine distributors in Uganda as part of its series on ‘Survival TV’. While the video starts with how things were in a Ugandan community with a funeral of a child who died from malaria, the work of two community medicine distributors in combating malaria with readily available packs of CoartemÂ® (arthmether-lumafantrin)… Continue reading Home and community management of malaria – key to sustainable targets
Jhpiego’s Malaria in Pregnancy (MIP) project in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria flagged off its community component in July.Â Prior to that primary health clinic (PHC) staff at 15 local government facilities had been trained in focused antenatal care, malaria in pregnancy and community directed intervention. These staff in turn recruited and trained 734 volunteer community… Continue reading Malaria in Pregnancy – reaching into the community
Two new articles stress the role of community volunteers, local alternative providers and household members in controlling malaria. Ajayi and colleagues trained volunteer community medicine distributors (CMDs) to provide arthmether-lumefantrine (AL) in selected villages near Ibadan, Nigeria. They elarned that, “the use of AL at home and community level is feasible with adequate training of… Continue reading What can the community do?
The New Vision (Kampala) reported on a project by A team of medical students from Makerere University that identified important communication problems in our attempts to control malaria. As long as health communication programs “don’t take account of what people know”, the students suggest, we will actually “fail to teach people what they need to… Continue reading Do Mangoes Cause Malaria??
Last year we reported on the second year results of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Tropical Disease Research (TDR) Program’s Community Directed Intervention (CDI) Multi-Country study. CDI was originally developed for annual distribution of ivermectin as part of the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control. The current study tested whether the community and the volunteer distributors selected by… Continue reading Community Directed Interventions for Malaria