While ultimate responsibility rests with the state, they have repeatedly asked residents to coordinate themselves, but malaria eradication is time consuming and expensive. The lack of government funding has seen the malaria situation grow into an almost epidemic problem, with the WHO (World Health Organisation) stepping in along with other organisations (Hlokomela included), to form the Hoedspruit Malaria Eradication Committee (HMEC).
Funding will contribute to: Indoor residual spraying, raising awareness, a volunteer team who manage spray records and logistics, accurate testing, diagnosis and treatment to eradicate malaria, screening people to identify carriers, microscopes to diagnose, providing healthcare to farm workers and migrants from South Africa, provide a network of mobile clinics and trained staff, provide bed nets and also help us liaise with the government around long term solutions.
Using department of health data whilst complying with WHO Standards on best practice for IRS, we aim to eradicate malaria. The Limpopo Department of Health has committed to making adequate rapid diagnostic tests, and malaria medication available to Hlokomela through its network of clinics. We are developing a 5 year plan to have our campaign be more self sustainable and automated, whilst hopefully in the future handing over our project to the local government.