Afar is particularly prone to malaria, yet it only has two clinics to serve a population of 1.3 million people. Many are unaware of how to protect themselves against the disease and commonly available drugs have become less effective as people have grown resistant to them.
AMREF is working with the local population to help prevent and control the prevalence of malaria in Afar. Our project aims to provide:
- Increased access to quality health services, such as malaria testing, particularly for women and children, who are most at risk.
- Access to safe and sustainable water sources and improved sanitation coverage which will not only bring better health to the community but have a knock-on effect on school attendance, improving literacy rates.
- Education about how to control the spread of malaria, how to spot a malaria case, and importance of using mosquito nets.
- Strengthen local health and water authorities to plan, manage, implement and evaluate delivery of social services appropriate to the pastoral way of life.
AMREF’s project has been very successful, bringing better health to one of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable regions and enabling the community to continue improving their own health.
- 99,000 mosquito nets have been distributed to pregnant women and young children in 11 districts – 99% of households in the project area have received two nets each.
- Communities in these districts have been trained how to use their new mosquito nets and shown how they can help prevent malaria.
- AMREF has trained 300 “mother coordinators” to help families protect themselves from malaria in their own homes.
- The project has expanded to cover new districts, protecting more vulnerable communities from malaria.