Today 18th of November 2016, Society for Family Health (SFH) Rwanda has begun intensive refresher training on malaria prevention and control for its directly implementing staff both from Headquarter and field. Malaria is currently one of the most prevalent parasitic endemic diseases in Africa, and is among the leading cause of deaths in the country, yet it is preventable, treatable and curable.
“The refresher training is aimed at strategizing and improving our behavior change techniques in preventing and controlling malaria in the communities we serve”. Said, Jannet Opio, the Chief of Party (RSMP) implemented under SFH Rwanda.
The ultimate aim of this refresher training is to ensure that staff takes preventive measures to control malaria in their families, and communities, improve on their recognition of malaria and use of antimalarial methods rationally.
This is because malaria is preventable by protecting families from mosquitoes that can transmit the infections. Over the past 10 years, malaria incidence has fallen by at least 50 percent in one-third of the countries where the disease is endemic. The reduction is due to a combination of interventions, including diagnosis and treatment using reliable tests and anti-malarial drugs, sleeping in LLITN, indoor spraying with safe insecticides, and strengthened behavior change communications.
According to the WHO in 2015, there is high transmission of malaria in Rwanda. Malaria is estimated to account for a direct economic burden of USD 12 billion through illness, treatments, and premature death in Africa alone, and many times more than that in lost economic growth.