Malaria is the most dangerous parasitic disease in the world. Deaths caused by malaria have fallen by nearly half since 2000 in sub-Saharan Africa but of the roughly half a million deaths caused by malaria each year, nearly 90% of fatal cases are seen in children in Africa.
Malaria kills more children under the age of five in Tanzania than any other disease. Despite its scale, malaria is preventable and can be cured effectively with the right treatment and early diagnosis.
Mtwara is one of the poorest areas in Tanzania. The under-five mortality rate there is twice the national average. Amref Health Africa is currently working to combat malaria in Mtwara and ensure that fewer children die from this preventable disease.
Amref Health Africa’s project aims to provide the Tandahimba District of Mtwara in South East Tanzania with the knowledge, skills and means to fight the prevalence of malaria within the community. The project focuses on enabling mothers and children, the most vulnerable members of the community, to access the vital health services they need to fight one of Africa’s most dangerous diseases.
The Project Aims to:
Empower communities to prevent and control malaria and other communicable diseases such as TB and typhoid
Increase access to effective malaria prevention and treatment interventions for groups vulnerable to malaria, such as mothers and children
Improve local capacity to manage community health systems for the prevention and control of malaria and communicable disease by training local people to diagnose and treat malaria
Amref Health Africa’s approach is always community-based, providing local people with the skills they need to bring better health to their own communities. The Tandahimba project has reached 45,396 people in 43 villages and trained 172 local people as Community Health Workers, a total of 4 per village. All 43 villages have held successful Village Health Days supported by Amref Health Africa, with increasing numbers of participants. The days focus on educating the community on malaria diagnosis and ways to prevent malaria from spreading and are also used for general health education and environmental cleaning.