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Bednets for pregnant women and insecticide sprayers for the whole community to fight against malaria
In December 2018, the Rotary Club of North Hobart (RCNH) and Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) Australia were successful in obtaining a Rotary Global Grant of USD251,334 for malaria elimination in Timor Leste. Implementation commenced in December 2018 and major activities were completed in 2019. Finally, the project closed in August 2022. Supported by 15 of 21 Rotary districts in Australia (in 2017). Project manager was Dr. Jenny Kerrison, Rotary Club of North Hobart. Key project focuses: donations of: long-lasting insecticidal nets, Hudson Sprayers for indoor residual spraying, and funds for training Community Health Volunteers (CHV). Implementation were by the National Malaria Program (NMP), Ministry of Health. Achievements: 1. Shipment of 40,000 long-lasting insecticidal nets for pregnant women. 2. Training in mass nets distribution and use for Community Health Volunteers (CHV) 3.80 Hudson Sprayers & total 83,424 border villagers whose home received insecticides spraying.
International, Disease prevention and treatment
10 December 2018
31 August 2022
North Hobart, Tas., Australia (Rotary Club)Dili Lafaek, Timor-Leste (Rotary Club)
Jenny Lean Kerrison, North Hobart | contactHowie S. Oh, North Hobart | contactMrs. Roslyn Anne Teirney, North Hobart | contact
Community assessment: How the project team learned about the community’s needs
In 2017, a small team from Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) Australia visited Timor Leste and conducted interviews with the National Malaria Program in Dili on their needs. In addition, a document analysis was conducted using key National documents from the National Malaria Program in Timor Leste.
Project impact: How the project will help the community after the project ends
Sustainability: How the benefits of the project will continue afterward
Benefits to the communities and the National Malaria Program network throughout the country will continue for several years post project completion. Project-procured bed nets will protect pregnant for 3 years; and the 80 Hudson Sprayers will last at least 8 to 10 years. Also, the project funded two key training programs in 2021 and 2022. In 2021, the project funded the revision of the Community Health Volunteer (CHV) Manual and the training of trainers for CHV. And, in 2022, the project funded two-days for a refresher training on Case and Focus investigation related to malaria. These training will help the staff maintain the quality of malaria services and prevent re-establishment of malaria in Timor Leste.