High burden of Infectious diseases and influx of 1.2 million refugees have put strain on the health systems in Uganda.The malaria prevalence in West Nile is 79% by rapid diagnostic tests confirming the high burden that makes children miss school days when sick and can be fatal as it causes anemia or brain damage if not treated early. IHDI's project will train 500 community volunteers on prevention of malaria, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and diarrhoea to reduce on morbidity and mortality by 10% in 2020.
High burden of Infectious diseases and influx of 1.3 million refugees have put strain on the health systems in Uganda (UNHCR 2019). The malaria prevalence in West Nile is 79% by rapid diagnostic tests confirming the high burden that makes children miss school days when sick and can be fatal with 46 deaths as it causes anemia or brain damage. Hepatitis B another contagious viral infection causes fatal liver damage with prevalence of 25% in Northern region and only 37% 3rd vaccination rate
IHDI's project will train 500 health volunteers from refugee and host communities on prevention of malaria, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and diarrhoea. These volunteers will carry out monthly home visits to carry out integrated health education on disease prevention, good sanitation, nutrition, test and give malaria medicine to children at school, test and immunize against hepatitis b for at highest risk, especially relatives of hepatitis b patients, and report during meetings.
Reduce on morbidity and mortality related to infectious diseases especially malaria, diarrhoea, hepatitis, malnutrition and HIV/AIDS among refugees and host communities in Uganda. Project will enable uninterrupted learning for children at school as their studies will not be interrupted by sickness by early diagnosis and treatment. Community resource centers will be established for sustainable integrated health education, disease prevention, early diagnosis, treatment or referral to hospital.