Malaria prevention program
The malaria prevention program aims to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with malaria in the rural populations of Rwandan communities. Malaria education and distribution of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) are the main strategies used in the malaria prevention program.
Malaria Education Project Malaria education targets community adults and primary school kids. SCYI volunteers meet men and women after community work (umuganda) and organize interactive teaching sessions. These teaching sessions typically last for one hour and cover basic information about malaria: the life cycle of vector mosquitos, transmission of malaria, prevention methods, treatments and the role of the community in the malaria eradication process.
A particular community outreach program has been designed to encourage people to pay health insurance as part of efforts to help poor people to access medical care services. For the project`s effectiveneSCYIss, organizes training for local leaders and health workers on Malaria prevention, home based management of fever and communication skill.
As a complement to malaria education, SCYI had provided free or subsidized mosquito nets to the most vulnerable villagers who could not afford to buy a mosquito net. The rate of mosquito nets distribution in our target communities is one mosquito net per six people. SCYI has set a target to reach a mosquito net distribution of one net per one person by 2012.