Improving malaria surveillance through existing community structures: Lessons learnt from Ethiopia

Ethiopia has achieved a significant reduction in malaria morbidity and mortality over the past two decades. In line with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health strategic direction, Malaria Consortium has been working with existing community structures, health centres, district health offices and community levels to improve malaria case detection and surveillance. Community structures such as health extension workers and the health development army play a pivotal role in malaria case detection and surveillance when malaria service provision is disrupted, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Malaria Consortium

Date of Publication: October 27, 2022

Implementing a community-based approach to indoor residual spraying to improve acceptance, cost-effectiveness and efficiency

In Ethiopia, malaria poses a significant threat to public health, with an estimated 52 percent of the population at risk of malaria infection. The Ministry of Health recommends campaign-based, targeted indoor residual spraying (IRS) as a key strategy for malaria prevention, control and elimination in the country. With support from the James Percy Foundation, we carried out a community-based IRS campaign in the districts of Boloso Sore and Damot Sore between March 2019 and February 2021. This learning brief captures our learning around the opportunities and challenges associated with a community-based IRS model.

Source: Malaria Consortium

Date of Publication: October 27, 2022

Using the role model approach to improve malaria prevention and control: Lessons from Ethiopia

Malaria Consortium sought to improve understanding and uptake of malaria interventions in Ethiopia by implementing the role model approach in selected target districts in Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region. This innovative behavior change communication approach builds on the existing strengths of the community: it helps identify individuals who, despite sharing similar resources and living conditions to others in their communities, have shown unusual, but desirable, behaviors regarding malaria prevention and control that have resulted in healthy outcomes. This learning brief highlights the key results and lessons identified during implementation, and proposes recommendations. The work forms part of the three-year project Strengthening Community-based Malaria Prevention and Surveillance Interventions, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (2019-2022), supported by the James Percy Foundation.

Source: Malaria Consortium

Date of Publication: October 26, 2022

Children’s and Caretakers’ Animation Series on COVID-19

The COVID-19 response under Breakthrough ACTION Cambodia includes a six-episode children’s and caretakers’ animated series aimed at disseminating key COVID-19 messages focused on key behaviors (e.g., handwashing, self-isolation) and prevention of COVID-19.

This was developed in coordination with UNICEF and approved by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS). This first episode aired in May 2020 and was shared through the Facebook pages of the MoEYS, UNICEF and Save the Children, and broadcasted on several local TV channels. It is available in Khmer and sign language.

The series is available on Facebook and YouTube.

Episode 1 – children learn about hygiene and staying home

Episode 2 – children learn about preventing the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing

Episode 3 – children learn not to discriminate against individuals with COVID-19

Episode 4 – children learn about coping with stress and maintaining social connections during the COVID-19 pandemic

Episode 5 – children learn about distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

Episode 6 – children learn about communicating facts, rather than misinformation, about preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Source: Save the Children

Date of Publication: July 8, 2021