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Malaria prevention programme screening event
Malaria prevention programme screening event
Partner West Africa works in partnership with the Ghana Health Service on the malaria prevention programme
Testing children for malaria at a community screening event in Ghana, West Africa
Malaria screening in Agbogbloshie, one of Ghana's largest shanty towns
Malaria prevention education workshops run by volunteers in Ghana, West Africa

Malaria Prevention Programme Update

Date Posted: 15/09/2016

Read about the most recent work on  PWA's Malaria Prevention Programme.

Early in the morning in Oshiyie, a small fishing village in Ghana, people are gathered around a small group of Partner West Africa (PWA) volunteers working on the Malaria Prevention Programme (MPP). They are giving a talk on how to avoid and detect malaria - a relatively calm start to what was to be a hectic day of malaria screening and distribution of medication. The day was a milestone for the MPP in that it was the first event that had included free malaria screening. This proved extremely successful – 37% of people screened were positive and were provided with free medication.

A team of five PWA volunteers, aided by five nurses from Kokrobite clinic, registered, weighed and screened 175 people for symptoms of malaria. Amongst these was 11 year old Kingsley (pictured), who aspires to be a pilot. Thankfully he tested negative for malaria, but even then he did not go home empty-handed: along with everyone registered, he was given a deworming pill and multivitamins. The turnout was so huge that nearing the end of the day, PWA volunteer Sarah had the difficult task of turning people away. Although this event was very successful and many people could be provided with life-saving medication, it illustrated how vital screenings like these are and how more testing kits, more mosquito nets and more regular screenings could have a huge impact on this community.

We hope to extend this programme to other areas, and to this end we carried out a second screening in Agbogbloshie, one of the largest and most polluted shanty towns in West Africa. We began the day with a similar talk to the one given at Oshiyie, translated into Ga, the language spoken by many here in Agbogbloshie, and then started the screening. Around 150 people (mostly children) were examined by the nurses for symptoms of malaria, and provided with a deworming pill and multivitamins as well as malaria medication if required. The screening was again a huge success. When our project manager visited a few days later, the pastor relayed the community’s happiness in how the event had gone, and their wish was that we would carry out another screening in Agbogbloshie before too long.

PWA would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has contributed to the programme through project supplies like nets and medicines and donated money to buy any additional items.

If you are interested in donating money or expertise to the programme as a volunteer, please see here. You can also find out more about Partner West Africa on our website and on social media.

Author: Ciara and Rosie - PWA Volunteers

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