Malaria Consotium members hone communication message in Gambia

Malaria Consotium members begin communication message confirmation
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The Gambia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), and members of the Malaria Consortium recently conducted a behavioral change communication message development workshop before applying seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC).

This program focuses on children 3 months to 59 months old and will ultimately distribute SMC drugs among 90,244 children. This project is currently underway in the Central and Upper River Regions.

Communication, education, and information are all crucial parts of advocacy in any health project. The project seeks to improve communication as it moves forward with its goal of eliminating malaria from the global health world. Government support is also vital to the success of any health campaign around the world.

The SMC campaign is scheduled to begin in August and end in November. Before the campaign, its leaders and organizers will conduct a variety of training and sensitization activities that will increase awareness of malaria and prepare the workers involved in the campaign.

“This is a proper intervention as the country is heading for the pre-elimination of malaria in 2018,” said Dr. Shamila Jah of the World Health Organization Country Office.

The workshop was conducted June 3 and 4 at the Sheraton Gambia Hotel and Spa.