The Tony Blair Faith Foundation

Eradicating Malaria in Sierra Leone

To provide an innovative multi-religious community solution to help prevent and eradicate malaria in Sierra Leone, targeting 100,000 families including 255,000 children. This pilot project has the potential to be mainstreamed, scaled up and adopted by other countries in West Africa and elsewhere.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2011 to 12:00 AM, 1 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1123243)

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Situation

One of the most significant challenges facing Africa is finding ways to improve the health of its people in the face of lethal and debilitating diseases such as malaria. Three quarters of a million, predominantly pregnant women and children under five are dying from malaria annually. Bed-net distribution alone does not solve the problem if families do not know how to use the bed- net and do not understand a few simple steps that need to be taken to protect themselves from this disease.

Solution

The programme is sustainable and replicable with low costs inputs and it creates its impact by a “cascade” training process beginning with authoritative faith leaders nationally then cascades downwards to faith community leaders locally and finally to household level. This training cascade is being accompanied by different forms of social mobilisation in media, schools and faith organisations.