VectorWorks Newsletter Issue 3

Issue 3 | July 2016

Welcome to the VectorWorks Newsletter! Your source for information on VectorWorks and other malaria vector control activities.

CBITNDG coverCommunity-Based Distribution Guide Now Available!

To reduce malaria transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that countries aim for universal coverage with insecticide-treated nets (ITNs).This can be achieved through large-scale mass campaigns as well as through continuous distribution channels like through the routine health care system, schools, or community outlets.

Community-based distribution of ITNs has a useful role to play as part of an overall strategy to maintain ITN coverage levels. To ensure that planners considering community-based ITN distribution benefit from the lessons that have been learned though experiences in Madagascar, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Zanzibar (a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania) VectorWorks has completed the “Community-Based Insecticide-Treated Nets Distribution Guide.”

For more information, read the full guide.

Ghana Launches Campaign to Deliver Insecticide-Treated Nets to Schoolchildren

There was overwhelming support on May 23, 2016, for the launch of the country-wide campaign to distribute insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) to 1.2 million children in over 14,000 public and private primary schools in the Volta, Eastern, Central, Western, Ashanti, and Brong Ahafo regions of Ghana. The event took place at Odumase in the Lower Manya Municipality of the Eastern Region and was led by the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) of the Ghana Health Service and the Schools Health Program of the Ghana Education Service, in partnership with the VectorWorks project funded by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The event was well-attended with over 1,000 people present, including education and health officials, chiefs, queen mothers, parents, teachers, and schoolchildren.

For more information, read the blog post.

PhotoTZVectorWorks Partners with Tanzanian Government to Combat Malaria in Pregnancy

On May 28, 2016, the Chandarua Kliniki (Clinic Bednet) program began distributing ITNs in the Mtwara region in southern Tanzania. Women and children receive ITNs directly from their health facility, for free. Pregnant women receive an ITN at their first antenatal visit, and their infants receive an ITN during their measles vaccination at around 9 months of age. The Chandarua Kliniki program is being implemented by the VectorWorks project, led by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs with Population Services International.

For more information, read the blog post.

 Aretha Agbeyome, the Saftongu District School Health Coordinator in Volta Region, distributes LLINs to Class 2 students at the Covenant Private Primary School.VectorWorks Adds Hundreds of Photos to Photoshare

Photography has the ability to illustrate the complexities and beauty of global health. A simple image can convey 1,000 words. With this in mind, VectorWorks has made a commitment to using photography along with other media, such as video, to document vector control activities. During recent net distribution launches in Tanzania and Ghana, professional photographers captured the amazing work of national governments and VectorWorks to protect people against malaria. These stunning images are now featured on Photoshare, a public health and development photography collection that is free for nonprofit and educational use. These photos will be used internally and externally to highlight net distribution and malaria prevention.

The photos feature many different aspects of net distribution and malaria prevention, such as health facility-based distribution, school-based distribution, families and net use, and many more.

To access the photos, visit the VectorWorks Collection on Photoshare.

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