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VWA Volunteer Taylah: Preventing Malaria in the Community

VWA Volunteer Taylah: Preventing Malaria in the Community

Date Posted: 12/01/2016
A word from Taylah, VWA's very-own Pathologist volunteer currently working on VWA's Malaria Screening & Prevention Programme for Children...
Pictured is the relentlessly-hardworking VWA Volunteer; Taylah, chatting with the parent of one of our nursery & daycare centre students, during the research phase of our current Malaria Prevention Programme. 

The programme aims to reduce the incidence and impact of Malaria across communities in the Ga South region of Ghana. Malaria affects many of the children who live in the villages therein. Those children become extremely fatigued, weakened and suffer painful and unpleasant fever. It can progress quickly to a life threatening condition in the case of small children or other vulnerable groups.

But the impact of Malaria extends beyond a child's health: it prevents children from accessing education by attending school and therefore reduces the opportunities for that child to develop socially, academically and - in many cases - physically. Malaria also impacts whole families, not always a single individual. Siblings who are clear of Malaria might also be prevented from accessing education as the family might have no choice but to have that child stay at home to care for a sick child so as to ensure that parents can attend work to put food on the table that day. 

In the case of the VWA Nursery & Daycare Centre, parents are encouraged to ensure their children attend even if they have contracted Malaria: VWA will ensure that child is screened and treated immediately at no cost to the family. But we are always looking to improve and develop our resources and expertise in the battle against Malaria, so during the latest phase of our Malaria Prevention Programme Taylah - a Pathology undergraduate from Australia - has been surveying local families and asking the questions that will help us understand people's knowledge and awareness of Malaria and, importantly, Malaria prevention. This work will be followed by a comprehensive Malaria education programme that will be delivered to parents of children at the VWA Nursery & Daycare Centre.

Thank you Taylah. Your work will improve - and even possibly save - the lives of some very deserving children.
Author: Volunteer West Africa

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