Badilisha Tabia, Tokomeza Malaria
“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:
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.)
- 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 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.