Name of the activity: School sensitization on Malaria
Country/NMO: GaMSA Gambia
Program: Communicable Diseases
Contact information: contact [email protected] to get in touch with the Activity Coordinator
Type of the activity: First-time Activity
Focus area: Prevention of Communicable Diseases | Malaria
Sustainable Development Goals addressed: SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 4 (Quality Education)
Although the burden of Malaria in The Gambia has dropped from 275 cases per 1000 population in 2010 to 57 cases per 1000 population in 2017, We face a complex situation which deals with the use of malaria drugs without prescription and the failure to take preventive measures towards the vectors. These two problems become a cycle from increase infection of malaria to reduce efficacy of the drug, hence increasing the burden.
- Other Students
- General population
– Teaching Grade 12 student in Bakoteh upper and senior secondary school on prevention of Malaria and importance of testing before treatment
– Improving their knowledge through questions and answers.
Indicators of Success:
– Students being able to explain to us the ways of prevention
– Students being able to explain to us why it the important to test before treatment
Sending a letter and requesting a visit to the principal of the school.
After the meeting, a date was agreed upon which was the 25th of April 2022.
Posters were created, with important points on Malaria
On the day, 6 members of SCOPH visited the school
Three members spoke on Malaria, symptoms, prevention and malaria drug abuse.
Three other members facilitated the question and answer sections.
Plans for evaluation:
An essay competition were the students would be asked to write on why prevention of Malaria is important