School-based Malaria programs
ADPP’s schools-based malaria prevention projects aim to strengthen local community capacity in promoting malaria prevention and control interventions. By combining the forces of the educational and health authorities, teacher training colleges and primary schools, the projects seek to institutionalize community-based malaria control activities. Schoolchildren are enthusiastic agents of change, sharing their knowledge on malaria and facilitating behaviour change in the community.
50 schools in Zaire, 50 in Uige and 10 in Malanje are participating. Malaria Control Teachers, selected from local primary schools and trained in all aspects of malaria prevention, give lessons to their pupils about what malaria is and how to avoid it, how to recognize the symptoms, and the importance of seeking treatment. Extra-curricular activities are carried out by pupils organized in Malaria Control Patrols.
Patrol members received a manual outlining 42 actions, ranging from theatre in the community, to distributing mosquito nets to pregnant women and children under five, which they carry out under the supervision of their teachers during the school year. The manual features “JUCA”, a young character well known from National Malaria Program campaigns, serving both to support the national effort and reinforce the children’s knowledge.
ADPP teacher training schools in the target provinces train students to use the Malaria teachers’ manual. During teaching experience at local and at rural schools, the students support project activities, give lessons to their pupils and organize campaigns in the communities around the schools. ADPP Teacher Training Schools Malanje, Uige and Zaire are currently engaged in the malaria programme.
The Malaria manual for teachers can be downloaded here (in Portuguese). It was developed by ADPP Angola in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, with financing from USAID/PMI