Capacity Building for Community Groups and Organisations for Malaria Control in Edo State

LAPO collaborated with ACOMIN (Network of Civil Society Organizations on Malaria in Nigeria) from 2010 to date to build capacity of member organizations in Edo State, Nigeria. The Goal of the Global Fund R8 project is to reduce by 50% the 2000 malaria morbidity and mortality figures by 2013 and minimize the socio economic impact of the disease while the objectives include: to contribute to the rapid scale up to universal coverage of the population at risk of malaria in 2010 through 100% coverage and 80% use of LLINs and sustaining this through 2013; to contribute to increasing prompt and effective treatment of malaria using “ACTs to 80% of the population at risk by 2011 and sustain through 2013; to scale up parasitological diagnosis of malaria in patients above five at health facilities to 80% by 2013; to reach at least 80% of the population at risk (communities, families, care providers and health workers) by 2010 through BCC for awareness and appropriate action on malaria prevention and treatment and sustaining this through 2013; and to contribute to health systems strengthening (including community systems strengthening through malaria control activities.

In 2010 and 2011, LAPO organized seven sessions of trainings for over 300 target persons which include Local government primary health care coordinators and nursing personnel, local and state malaria control officers, community health workers, youth, NGOs/ CBOs members, young/ pregnant women and mothers of under-5 children. The training was planned to develop their capacity for malaria control programme delivery for achieving global fund malaria project’s objectives.  The training specifically built their capacity for these service delivery: provide Social Mobilization activities targeted at bringing about an increased informed demand and use of malaria prevention and treatment products and services in all the state of the South-South; make use of all relevant community mobilization channels to expand the informed demand, uptake and use of appropriate malaria prevention  and treatment products as well as deepen community information resources; promote better and more informed community ownership of their health status, through enhancement of community driven strategies for uptake and usage of all health supporting services; and promote partnerships and linkages for communities-level sustainability.

In 2012, LAPO organized capacity development training programme for selected Civil Society organizations (CSOs) in Edo State in community mobilization activities for malaria control across the State. The training focused on strategic use of community drama for promoting awareness on malaria prevention, importance of diagnosis before treatment, use of treated bed net and appropriate drugs for malaria treatment which is Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACTs). Starting from 2012 to date, LAPO is engaged by ACOMIN/ SFH to carry out community mobilization activities using community drama and IPC in many rural communities of Edo Central Senatorial District.