Helping communities prevent and treat Malaria

Published on 29th November 2013.

Helping communities prevent and treat MalariaTamatave, the region of Madagascar where most Oblate missions are located, is hot, humid and very wet — ideal breeding conditions for many diseases. Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya are extremely dangerous and a major threat to life and health in the region, especially for people living in the bush.
A weak healthcare system is doing little to stop the advance of the disease. Traditional plant and herbal cures, which used to work before mutations in the disease, are now totally ineffective.
It is impossible to eradicate Malaria. However, by providing people with accurate information on the disease, its variouis forms, preventative action, and reliable treatments, Polish Oblate, Adam Szul and his partners are confident that they can cut by 50% the region’s alarmingly high death rates from this and other diseases.
A team of specialized doctors from the Ministry of Health (all unpaid volunteers!) is a key partner in the project. They train 250 community leaders in how to recognise, prevent and treat the different forms of Malaria and other relevant diseases. They introduce them to the best contemporary anti-malarial medicine, antibiotics, energizing tonics, vitamins etc. and how to use them.
Medicines, test kits, nets, etc are purchased from Caritas, Madagascar. They are distributed through a network of six mission pharmacies, and by the missionaries as they visit the 500 village communities (total population: 85,700) that make up the 6 missions.
This year, thanks to a grant of €19,125 from Misean Cara, the project can meet its targets.

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