Community level malaria behavoiur change communication project is targeting population of 9500. This includes the pregnant women, nursing mothers, children and persons living with HIV/AIDS. The project will span for 12months with budget of GBP10, 000.00 The goal of this project is to support the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in the prevention and control of malaria morbidity and mortality, minimization of the social effects and economic losses due to malaria in the country.
Malaria is a major public health problem in Ghana. It is a major cause of poverty and low productivity in the country. The disease accounts for over 38% of all outpatient attendance and 21% of under-five mortality. Children under-five and pregnant women are the groups worst affected by the disease (MOH, Malaria Control Programme Report, 2016). Over the past decade, it has accounted for up to 39% of outpatient attendance and 36% of patients admitted to hospitals and also leading cause of death
This project will increase LLIN usage children under five years and pregnant women sleeping, improve prophylaxis for pregnant women to get into intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) through referral, improve sanitation and hygiene to help reduce the breeding grounds of the malaria vector through awareness creation, create awareness on the use of recommended malaria drug (ACTs) and increase awareness and practice of malaria control and prevention in the communities.
It is expected that, in the long run, there will be general increased in health seeking behavior of the people, malaria morbidity and mortality controlled, minimize the social effects and economic losses by way of improving health status of the people and the living standard of the people improved sustainably