“Badilisha Tabia, Tokomeza Malaria (Change Behaviour to Eradicate Malaria)” in Tanzania. -New award
The project will contribute towards the overall goal of the National Malaria Strategic Plan (NMSP) 2014-2020, in reducing the country’s malaria prevalence from 7.3% in 2017 to < 1% in 2020 specifically to:
- Promote consistent use of long-lasting insecticide nets (ITNs), net care, repair as well as addressing misconceptions around ITNs in the community.
- Promote preventive health seeking behaviours and practice of effective vector control for malaria among pregnant women, lactating mothers and caretakers of children <5.
- Create and sustain demand for malaria testing and treatment for all suspect malaria patients in public and private settings.
- Improve health care workers’ case management and adherence to national guidelines regarding malaria case management based on test results.
The project is to engage communities on malaria prevention and treatment towards positive health-seeking behaviours among pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under 5 in Shinyanga and Simiyu regions. The project will use a mix of SBCC approaches (IPC, Community Mobilization, Community Media etc.)
The project is funded by a Comic Relief and GSK partnership established in 2015 as part of a five-year, £22 million initiative to fund organisations fighting malaria in four malaria-endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the greater Mekong sub region including Tanzania.