Training and Research needs to support community engagement in malaria…

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Bill Brieger is currently a Professor in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University as well as the Senior Malaria Adviser for JHPIEGO, JHU’s family and reproductive health affiliate. He blogs at malariamatters.org

Gawrie Galappaththy guided a session at the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network’s Community Engagement for Malaria Elimination Workshop that helped participants summarize their group work on training and research to support community participation in malaria elimination.  Her report follows: All the participants were agreed and thought that following training areas are necessary for effective community engagement for malaria elimination.  Thoughts about training included key topics and target groups as seen below. Advocacy – Advocacy  is needed for all level including central, district, village level for all the category of staff Partnership with other sectors- specially with the public sector as more than 50% of patients in most of the countries seek treatment from the public sector Skills on communication methods – As most of the health personnel is not very much familiar with communication, methods it is important to train all the trainers on communication methods eg -COMBI, materials, participatory approach) Resource mobilization- funds as well as personals Integration with other diseases – community engagement as an integral part of the health (health package) Training for community – training of community on every aspects of malaria Strategy developments – most of the malaria programmes in their strategic plans not mentions the involvement of community in malaria elimination. It is important to include this aspect along with key activities Skills on Monitoring & Evaluation – most of the countries engaged community for malaria control but lack M&E component

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Training and Research needs to support community engagement in malaria…