The focus of the programme was to reduce the malaria burden within the target communities through:
- Distribution of 2,000 LLIN (Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets)
- Intermittent Preventive Treatment for pregnant women
- Free Rapid Diagnostic Tests for malaria
- Free ACT malaria medication for those who tested positive for malaria, with emphasis on pregnant women and children under five years
- A key aspect of the programme was to address malaria prevention education and awareness through campaigns, seminars and lectures. Two hundred (200) community health workers, nurses, pharmacists and medical personnel from within the LGA received training and certification in malaria prevention and control, as well as training for 3,016 community agents.
To ascertain the effectiveness of the program, FCA conducted extensive monitoring and evaluation of the program and prevalence of malaria in the communities prior to and after each malaria intervention campaign. During the visits, nearly 75% of households in Rivers State and over 87% in Ondo state that received nets were found to be using them correctly and consistently.
A comparison between individual’s using LLINs in an appropriate manner and members in the same community that are not using LLINs showed the malaria prevalence rate was reduced by nearly half among those using the nets. This significant reduction in the malaria prevalence has a major positive effect on the health and economic wellbeing of the communities.