Building on the Zambian Government's strong commitment to malaria elimination, the Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative pledges to support the Anglican church in its malaria work, which is now extending into the Western Province and the Angolan border. The three-year commitment will involve the training of malaria agents and Community Health Workers to offer testing and treatment services – a critical part of malaria surveillance. This work will serve as a platform for extending other malaria services such as insecticide treated bednet (ITN) distribution and use, and community awareness about malaria.
The new agreement took place on June 1st, when representatives from the Anglican Church of Zambia and the Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative attended a consultative meeting with the Zambian Ministry of Health and the Western Provincial Medical Office. Representatives discussed malaria elimination in the region, and the Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative pledged new funding towards elimination efforts in Western Province. The meeting was held in Mongu.
The Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative will build on previous malaria work led by MACEPA, and will take into account lessons learned from trainings conducted in Southern Province. MACEPA will be working in partnership with the Isdell: Flowers Foundation, and will provide support with analyzing data, ensuring quality trainings, and assisting with coordination with the Zambian government.
In the map above, the green area represents districts where MACEPA has conducted trainings, while the red area represents districts where the Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative will conduct trainings.
Pictured above, Constance Njovu, Regional Coordinator for the Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative (r) speaks with Dr. Elizabeth Chizema, Director of Disease Surveillance, Control and Research at the Ministry of Health (l). Anglican Church Bishop David Njovu (c) looks on.
Photos by Kalumba Chibabila/ZANIS