Christian Children’s Fund
From the left: James Pimundu, CCF Uganda Program Director, with CCF Sr. Health Specialist, David Shanklin and Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, head of the President’s Malaria Initiative at the NGO Panel Discussion on April 21 in Washington, D.C.
and Johns Hopkins Universit
y co-hosted the event highlighting NGO Field Experiences in the Fight Against Malaria
. The panel discussion was held at the Ronald Reagan Building and Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Panel speakers included James Pimundu, CCF Uganda; Emmanuel Fiagbey, Voices Ghana; Seung-hee Lee, Save the Children; and Timothy McCully, Lutheran World Relief. Maurice Middleberg of the Global Health Council moderated the panel discussion.
A highlight of the event was the attendance of Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, appointed by the President in 2006 to lead the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) at the reception.
In his remarks Admiral Ziemer thanked USAID and NGOs that have worked collaboratively to reduce malaria-related deaths by 50 percent in 15 target countries throughout Africa. The U.S. government has been a leader in the fight against malaria, contributing substantial resources through USAID and the President’s Malaria Initiative. Admiral Ziemer indicated that continued leadership from the United States, in partnership with the global community will lead us down the path toward controlling the epidemic, and ultimately, eradication of this deadly disease.
James Pimundu, CCF Uganda Program Director, discussed Uganda’s approach to community-based programming in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria. He highlighted how CCF Uganda is working to increase usage of insecticide-treated nets through strategies including participatory communication, community organizing, child and youth agency, and community malaria control plans. CCF Uganda facilitates family engagement in child-focused development activities and currently supports more than 33,000 families through 49 affiliate community-based organizations in 28 districts.
Emmanuel Fiagbey, Country Director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs (JHU/CCP), Voices for Malaria-Free Future Advocacy project in Ghana. Emmanuel described grassroots advocacy activities that have resulted in coordinated malaria programming, policy changes and resource mobilization. He shared examples of community events that were organized to promote effective use of insecticide-treated nets, and acceptance and use of approved anti-malarials.
Seung Lee, Advisor, School Health & Nutrition for Save the Children, provided an overview of Save the Children’s innovative school-based programs in Malawi. She shared information on the innovative malaria treatment kits for schools, for which Save provided teacher training on how to use them in their classrooms. The kits include basic first aid supplies and Fansidar (sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine) for treating malaria that teachers could administer using the simple diagnostic chart provided. Lee indicated that with sufficient training and support in schools, children are now able to seek treatment; teachers are able to diagnose and treat malaria; and parents are able to manage and fund treatment kits that save lives, reduce illnesses and increase school attendance.
Timothy McCully, Vice President of International Programs, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) highlighted LWR’s experiences working with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in Tanzania, one of PMI’s first focus countries. McCully indicated that the comprehensive approach to prevent and treat malaria supports four key areas – indoor spraying of homes with insecticides, insecticide-treated nets, anti-malarial drugs, and treatment to prevent malaria in pregnant women. LWR is also participating in a multi-year project with the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.
The event was attended by NGOs, USAID and institutional donors.