In the most isolated areas of Bombali, Sierra Leone, malaria is a serious problem, particularly amongst the most vulnerable members of society - pregnant women, teenage mothers, and children under five. Many remote communities lack basic infrastructure, facilities and knowledge of the spread and symptoms of malaria. This project will reach 422,805 women and children by strengthening malaria prevention and treatment in rural communities which aren't reached by existing malaria programmes.
In Bombali, malaria rates are particularly high amongst pregnant women, teenage mothers, and children under five. This is largely due to limited knowledge about malaria, a lack of support, and the long distances from health services. This project is aiming to reduce the prevalence and impact of malaria among these vulnerable groups, strengthening health systems and reducing maternal and child deaths in this remote, overlooked region.
Health Poverty Action is improving access to information and the quality of services. This includes: Training 325 Community Health Workers on malaria diagnosis, treatment and referrals. Bridging the gap between health facilities and remote communities. Developing a youth friendly approach so malaria prevention is taught and understood in schools. The production of a weekly radio show discussing topics such as malaria prevention, symptoms and available services.
Education, both of health workers and community members, is the key to the long-term eradication of malaria in Bombali. We are also working alongside the Ministry of Health to ensure we are strengthening existing infrastructure and ensuring sustainable progress. Reaching out to these vulnerable groups with malaria information and services will help reduce maternal and child mortality rates, increase awareness about basic health steps, and ensure remote communities are not being left out.