Child Aid Umkhanyakude (South Africa)
The Project was established in 2016 in the context of the Malaria Elimination 8 (E8) Initiative, which is a coordinated, multi-country effort to achieve the elimination of malaria in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The idea of this project is to reach out to the community with malaria information dissemination. The mobile migrant populations (MMPs), particularly the undocumented, often face complex obstacles in accessing essential health care and malaria-control services. The project focusses on local communities and MMPs, because of the risk of infection importation to and from countries with varying risk of transmission. The district of Umkhanyakude is a poor rural area situated in the northern part of the KwaZulu-Natal KZN) Province, bordering Mozambique to the north and Swaziland to the northwest.
A total number of 12,170 people were reached with information on malaria. During the reporting period, the project tested 11,570 people for malaria, of which 493 people had tested positive for malaria and were treated on the spot.
The project conducted 4 health campaigns in primary schools and in the community. The health campaigns were based on providing information on malaria to school children and farm workers.
In 2019 the project worked with local health facilities, district mobile health facilities and the district information education communication material team to convey and educate the community about malaria prevention and treatment. A total number of 1,953 school children were reached with education on how to prevent and to cure malaria.