Monday 22, April 2019- The Ministry of Health and the Society for Family Health (SFH Rwanda) have organized the cross-border malaria control initiative meeting of the East African and the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from 22-24 April 2019, at Marasa Umubano Hotel, Kigali.
The meeting is aimed at strengthening the regional initiative for malaria control and elimination in East African Community countries and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is a technical forum for sharing experience of all ongoing malaria control interventions in each country, challenges in general and particularly those faced to address movement of people across borders especially from malaria hotspots areas in inter-borders districts, identification of adequate and harmonized policies, strategies and malaria control measures for a joint plans of action in Cross-Border districts.
According to the Rwanda Minister of Health Dr. Diane Gashumba, East African countries and Democratic Republic of Congo should recognize malaria as a public health issue that concerns all member states than a specific country issue.
“Elimination of malaria in our region requires concerted efforts, collaboration, and strengthening the implementation of interventions for malaria prevention, control and treatment,” says the Executive Director of SFH Rwanda Mr. Manasseh Wandara Gihana, adding that in addition to implementing a number of malaria prevention interventions across Rwanda, SFH Rwanda is creating partnerships with different organizations in the region for the implementation of joint malaria prevention and control measures in cross-border districts.
Through its Social Behaviour Change Communication initiatives, SFH Rwanda is involved in the implementation of malaria, HIV, nutrition, Family Planning, maternal and child health, water sanitation and hygiene sensitization activities in 30 districts at the community level. SFH works with Community Health Workers at the cell and village levels to promote the consistent and correct use of mosquito nets, malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment.