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PWA's Summer 2017 Malaria Prevention Programme Continues

Date Posted: 21/09/2017

Here’s the next instalment of Partner West Africa’s exciting Malaria Prevention Programme. Building on previous screening events, malaria education workshops and distributing repellents, this summer PWA embarked on a series of screening events at new venues and villages.

Here’s the next instalment of Partner West Africa’s (PWA) exciting Malaria Prevention Programme. Building on previous screening events, malaria education workshops and distributing repellents, this summer PWA embarked on a series of screening events at new venues and villages.

We received a $5,000 donation of malaria testing kits, medication and treated nets by Loruphia-Daniel Pharmacy, Nigeria, and used these alongside monetary donations from individuals across Europe to fund and implement the events working in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, traditional community leaders and international volunteers. The timing of these malaria screening events was significant: they were planned to coincide with the rainy season, when increased numbers of malaria causing mosquitoes are present causing a higher prevalence of malaria infection.

Throughout August almost 600 people were screened and treated, if necessary, at 3 locations including local health centres and a mosque across 2 communities: Tuba and Bortianor. These villages located along the south coast of Ghana represent underdeveloped farming and fishing communities respectively, meaning many people are unable to access health care either for preventative measures or diagnosis and subsequent pharmaceutical treatment, often resorting to traditional herbal medicine.

All people who attended had their temperature, blood pressure and clinical history assessed before being tested for malaria, those that tested positive were given treatment for free. In Ghana healthcare must be paid for, either through health insurance contributions or at the point-of-contact, which makes a consultation and its associated test and treatment costs unattainable for some members of the community. Therefore, the malaria screening event had the additional benefit of providing a free medical consultation where other health issues can be attended to as well, providing potentially far reaching benefits as well as the immediate benefit of malaria treatment.

 

Comments from the events:

“The [screening] process has been good. I tested positive and I was given some drugs” - patient at Tuba

“[The screening is] very nice and great. It will encourage the community and clinic to take care of their health” - Nurse at Bortianor Health Centre

“…The nurses related to us well. I was also given some prescription” - patient at Bortianor

“[The screening] was good for me because this is the first time I am doing such a test” - patient at Bortianor

 

To maximise the benefit of the malaria resources, all remaining medication was donated to local clinics to be distributed, based on medical need, for the benefit of the community by providing additional treatment free of charge to any and all that need it. We extend our thanks again, to Loruphia-Daniel Pharmacy for their generous donation, and to all other donors, volunteers and partners who, together, make the Malaria Prevention Programme so successful.

 

If you would like to support PWA’s Malaria Prevention Programme by making a donation you can do so here, if you are interested in volunteering with the programme find out more here. PWA also offer volunteer programmes in a range of disciplines, find out more here.

Author: Partner West Africa

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