Contribution towards Zero elimination of Malaria in Southern Africa
The Malaria program in Namibia has expanded to include community based Testing, Treating and Tracing (TTT). Partners supporting the National Vector-borne Disease Control Programme (NVDCP) DAPP Namibia included, have been implementing malaria awareness campaigns using community volunteers to educate communities on malaria preventative measures and assisting in the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets-LLINs (bed nets) and now this strategy has broadened to TTT.
Development Aid from People to People (DAPP Namibia) is part of a consortium consisting of five organizations; ADPP Angola, The MENTOR Initiative, CICA with JC Flowers Foundation operating in Angola and DAPP Namibia and AAP (Anglican Aids Program) operating at Angola-Namibia boarders implementing E8 Malaria project targeting cross border mobile populations to eliminate malaria transmission between the countries.
An important component of Malaria elimination is surveillance. Surveillance is an observations of breakout cases. This is done through active case investigation and detection in order to predict, prepare and respond to the malaria epidemic. Surveillance in the malaria program traces positive malaria cases and tests and treats everyone within a 100m radius of the affected patient.
Community members have shown appreciation towards this new initiative stating that: “It is good that everyone was tested, and those who were tested positive were treated. It is also good that people do not have to go to the hospital and get tested and they did not spent any cent” said a community member when asked whether the project has brought change to the area.
DAPP Namibia ultimate goal is to continue to be part of the implementing organisations assisting the 8 SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) governments to eliminate malaria in the continent.
Therefore, through investing and decentralisation of health services, DAPP Namibia continues to partake in partnerships, association and collaborations that ensure malaria cases are decreasing and eventually bringing the pandemic under control to achieve elimination in Namibia.