Meet Jacob, Tabu, Leonadi and Mkolo from Kigoma in Tanzania, all working to fight malaria in different ways in their community.
Malaria is a major public health concern in Tanzania, with children under 5 and pregnant women most at risk
Some do not take action to prevent the disease, or fail to seek help for symptoms. Others do not trust test results,or stop taking malaria drugs when they start to feel better, without completing the dose. TCDCpromotes people to take action to prevent malaria, seek treatment early, trust test results, and adhere to drugs. Using mass media, community events, small group meetings and one-to-one communication, the project will result in better awareness, more people sleeping under treated bed nets, and more people seeking tests and treatment early for symptoms of malaria.
Four of the people involved in the organisations, funded by GSK and Comic Relief, talk about the difference they have seen in the last two years helping to combat malaria in communities.
Jacob Macha- Field Operations Director
Meet Jacob, TCDC’s field operations manager, working with community health workers who use community events, small group meetings, one-to-one support and radio to promote better awareness of how to prevent and seek care for malaria.
Leonadi- Community Change Agent
Meet Leonadi, a community change agent,, working to inspire his community to take action to tackle malaria through sleeping under nets, seeking test and treatment early for malaria.
Mkola- Mother of Four
Meet Mkola, a mother of four from Kigoma. Mkola has learnt, through her engagement with TCDC and the community, that when her children are sick she should take them, quickly, to get tested for malaria, and if they are positive, that they should complete their treatment. Learn more about Mkola’s story here.
Tabu - Community Leader
Meet Tabu, a community leader, who shares her experiences of how she’s seen the positive impacts of community malaria awareness activities, on her family, neighbours and wider community