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WORLD MALARIA DAY 2014

               

PSI/PNG in partnership with the National Department of Health, and supporting partners; Rotarians Against Malaria, Oil Search Health Foundation, and PNG Industry Malaria Initiative staged a Malaria Exhibit to support World Malaria Day in PNG. The Malaria Exhibit was staged at Waterfront Foodworld on Thursday, 24th of April, and Vision City on Friday and Saturday, the 25th and 26th of April.

 

The objectives of the exhibition were to:

  • Showcase the Malaria Program activities implemented by PSI and partner NGO’s in support of the National Health Strategy on the fight against Malaria
  • Increase knowledge of the Home-based Management of Malaria (HMM) and Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) programs through one-on-one chats and print materials via information stalls
  • Increase awareness on the dangers of malaria through Interpersonal Communication (IPC) sessions

 

Different activities took place during these 3 days to promote these key messages:

  1. Malaria can be prevented. Pregnant women and care givers of children under 5 are at a higher risk of malaria, so to prevent malaria, sleeping under a net is wise.
  2. Malaria can be treated even in the remotest area of PNG through the use of RDTs. The community can get tested at the community level now.
  3. Completion of dosage is very important if we are to defeat malaria.

 

There was a great turn out from the crowd with an estimate of about 5000 people reached during the 3 days exhibition. There were exhibit pictures about the malaria program activities on display and information stalls of PSI and its partners as well. There was also entertainment such as role plays, dances and a jingle produced that emphasized on the key messages. People moved around getting information from the stalls and viewing the pictures. We also had free Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) for malaria throughout the three days, so many people that had the symptoms of malaria like fever, got in line to have their blood tested. There were 14 cases of positive malaria out of the (total # tested) people that were tested, so these 14 were treated with the Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT).

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