To combat the scourge of malaria in Nigeria, HACEY organize various programs to educate the public on malaria prevention and treatment. The use of long lasting insecticide-treated nets is strongly encouraged during these programs, and a campaign for maintaining a healthy clean environment as ways of preventing the occurrence of malaria. HACEY organized forums in universities and colleges to educate the students and youths on ways through which the spread of malaria can be reduced such as the use of insecticide treated nets, effective anti-malaria treatment, and the maintenance of a clean environment. At the end of the forum, 1000 students committed themselves to ensuring and living healthier lives to combat malaria and to educate the public.
HACEY developed the End Malaria – together we can initiative as another means of spreading information about malaria and its treatment. End malaria – together we can has both a physical presence in programs carried out by the organization and an online presence where everyone can have access to information concerning malaria including latest developments in anti malaria drugs and treatment. The online group consistently educates and inform young people on how they can actively combat malaria and gives everyone, at all times, the opportunity to get the information they need on malaria, and to give their opinions and suggestions on various matters relating to malaria. At present, there are over 1000 individuals who participate in this initiative, and this number increases daily.
HACEY has taken advantage of this mobile era by sending mobile SMS (short message service) to provide information to women in rural communities. We have provided relevant information to over 10,000 women and young people in Gusau, Abakaliki and Ilorin on how they too can combat malaria. We also uses drama (anti-malaria theatre group) in secondary schools to educate students about malaria symptoms, preventions and treatment.
HACEY distributes Long Lasting Insecticide-treated nets to women and young people in rural communities to support the fight against malaria; we also correct misconceptions on the use of these net and answer questions that the women and youths have concerning the Insecticide-treated nets.
In 2010, A Malaria Prevention Program specifically for women and children in northern Nigeria was implemented. Women were reached with messages on the prevention and treatment of Malaria, with Long Lasting Insecticide-treated nets distributed to women and young people in rural communities to support the fight against malaria. Misconceptions on the use and maintenance of these nets were also treated, and answers were provided for questions that the women and youths have concerning the Insecticide-treated nets.
In 2012, the community of Ilaje, a slum by the lagoon area in Lagos state, Nigeria received the HACEY team, in partnership with the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) Health team on the Malaria Outreach program held in the community from May to December 2012. During this outreach, HACEY encouraged and joined the community in cleaning their environment, carried out door-to-door sensitization on malaria, and outreach and distribution of over 100 mosquito nets.
In 2016, HACEY joined the Malaria To Zero Initiative, a private sector initiative aimed at bridging the gap and synergizing efforts by the public and private sector to eliminating malaria while also enhancing high-impact interventions proven to be effective in combating malaria. The Malaria To Zero Initiative seeks to galvanize and pool private sector resources and capabilities towards saving 1 million lives by 2020. To achieve this, the Malaria to Zero Initiative has adopted a 2-prong approach. This is:
- Creating a shared platform that accommodates the tangible contributions of all private sector stakeholders. This platform will integrate existing and new initiatives on eradicating malaria, and thus build synergies that produce impact far greater than what could be attained with fragmented efforts
- The private sector catalytic fund for malaria which seeks to meet the funding gap for the elimination of Malaria. Preliminary estimate for this private sector catalytic support is put at 5 billion Naira.
Achievements of the Malaria To Zero Initiative
- Distributed 30,000 Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINS) in communities with 4,537 pregnant women as recipients and 3000 distributed to primary health centres
- Led 106 focus group discussions, hosting 3,180participants
- Hosted 44 seminars with 15,000 stakeholders on eradicating malaria
- Engaged 357 community groups on ending Malaria
- Reached over 1 million people in 1,200 households with information on ending Malaria
For more information on the Malaria To Zero Initiative, please visit www.malariatozero.org.