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Malaria No More India conducts health workshop in Odisha

Malaria No More India Conducts Workshop for Private Healthcare Providers of Odisha


Malaria No More India conducts health workshop in Odisha

Malaria No More (MNM), a leading non-profit supporting India’s Malaria elimination aim, organized a workshop for private healthcare providers (PHPs), educating them about the prevalence of malaria and the best practices to deal with it. The workshop was conducted in Koraput, one of the most high-burden districts of the state and will soon be organized in the district of Malkangiri.

During the workshop, the PHPs were trained on mechanisms to spot malaria cases and were made aware of the benefits of referring patients. Malaria prevention and infection-control methods were also discussed at length. An animated video was also played at the workshop, to show the movement of malaria parasites from mosquitoes to humans. The workshop was thoroughly interactive and included discussion, role-play, and examples for ease of understanding. Participants were also provided with referral cards on fever detection that can be filled and given back to Malaria Sathee/Doot to proceed on the next steps for medication and treatment.

A total of 189 PHPs attended the workshop. Sensitization of informal private health care providers is one of the most important activities under the malaria elimination drive. Informal healthcare providers represent a substantial proportion of the healthcare delivery system in rural and tribal areas. Informal healthcare providers account for a major 55% of all healthcare providers in India[1] . They are sought after for three main reasons: proximity, ease of access, and familiarity with the community as they come from nearby areas. Considering the significant role of this group in influencing the community, their involvement is being prioritized.

MNM India has, for the first time, made a systematic effort to conduct this activity in two important districts of Odisha. These two districts account for over 50% of the state’s malaria burden. Malaria No More is consistently supporting the health infrastructure in these districts through a tripartite cadre of health workers.

Talking about the initiative, Mr Pratik Kumar, Country Director, Malaria No More India said, “Because they work at the grassroots, PHPs will play a vital role in helping India achieve malaria elimination by 2030. PHPs across rural and semi urban India have established trust with the communities they serve. Almost 80% of PHP participants at the workshop were spiritual healers and faith healers while the other 20% were herbalists. We aim to instill a holistic approach to malaria elimination and believe training workshops help improve our intervention in the high-burden areas through direct engagement with PHPs. The success of this workshop, evidenced in the high participation of PHPs and their willingness to support malaria elimination, sets a great example for other states.”

Malaria No More (MNM) envisions a world where no one dies from a mosquito bite. To support India’s historic drive to eliminate malaria by 2030, MNM India is working with partners at the national level to mobilize the necessary political will, funding and innovation. MNM India’s Strategic Support Unit also works at the state level, providing technical management support to the malaria programme in Odisha, once India’s state with the highest burden of malaria.

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