School Malaria Surveillance

Year: 2016
Country: Togo

Project Description

Malaria is a leading cause of death of children under 5 in Togo. Despite repeated national programs to distribute bed nets, malaria remains an enormous problem. This project seeks to use schools as one way to better diagnose and treat malarial infection in children as well as prevent the spread of the deadly illness in Togolese communities. Community health workers will visit schools, collaborate with teachers and school staff, and schedule regular clinics to identify and treat suspected cases of malaria as well as teach children and their families how to prevent the spread of the disease. Workers will be able to test samples, quickly identify those who are infected, and administer treatment as necessary, saving lives and improving overall local health.