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Hitting malaria where it hurts : household and community responses in Africa

INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (IDS)
August 2006

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This article explains why, in the face of increased funding for malaria programmes, the disease incidence shows little signs of abating. In sub-Saharan Africa nearly a million people die as a result of malaria. The article draws attention to the cultural, social and economic contexts in which communities deal with the consequences of malaria. Health systems, services and infrastructures are generally inadequate and fail to deliver proper care. Malaria can also be perceived as a mild illness and used to hide more stigmatising health problems. The paper advocates focusing on the 'normality' of malaria, and exploring the social and economic contexts that shape household and community responses to malaria

Community involvement in rolling back malaria

MUHE, Lulu
2002

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This Roll Back Malaria (RBM) publication focuses on community involvement in malaria control. Community based health initiatives enable the 'home to be the first hospital' and are the life support systems of people who are poor, isolated and living in rural areas. The publication sets out the main areas of community participation and RBM's efforts to ensure that the health care needs of those most at risk of malaria are met. RBM's action at community level is based on some principles of community participation; broadening partnership; building upon experience; developing community-level intervention channels; improving linkages between communities and the district health system; strengthening district capacity for RBM community actions; strengthening community self-monitoring and decision-making; and effective communications strategy

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