Tanzania has made major strides in the fight against Malaria. Between 2005 and 2017, under 5 mortality was almost halved (112 to 67/1,000) while morbidity cases declined by one-third (18m to 5.5m cases/annum). Despite these achievements, malaria remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in children under 5 and pregnant women. Badilisha Tabia, Tokomeza Malaria (Change Behaviour, Eradicate Malaria) project addresses behavioural barriers for malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment among pregnant/lactating women and children under the age of five.
The project outcomes contribute to the national goal of reducing malaria prevalence from 7.3% to <1% by year 2020. The project currently works in Simiyu region (all districts) and Shinyanga region (3 districts). Activities include Interpersonal Communication (IPC), mid-media and community radio activities. Health providers were also oriented on friendly service provision. T-MARC piloted bio-larviciding support in 3 (Ushetu DC,Bariadi DC and Busega DC) districts as part of vector control. T-MARC provided 2,340 liters of bio-larvicides to 3 pilot districts as buffer stock.
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The following beneficiaries were reached through 323 CHWs through IPC work