NGO partners media to help fight malaria

By
Samuel Akapule, GNA

Bolgatanga, Sept. 8, GNA – The Institute of
Social Research and Development  (ISRAD)
Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organisation, is partnering the media and other
stakeholders in the Upper East Region to help fight malaria.

The one year project, dubbed: “The Advocacy
for Resources for Malaria Stoppage (ARMS) Initiative,” is being funded by the
UKaid and is to be implemented by the NGO in collaboration with the media and
other stakeholders.

It would benefit the Bolgatanga Municipal,
Bongo, Kassena Nankana Municipal, Kassena Nankana West, Nabdam District and
Talensi.

Speaking at the media orientation forum in
Bolgatanga, the Regional Co-ordinator, Mr Abdul-Razak Issah, said the
orientation was to equip the media with the implementation strategy of the ARMS
Project and to solicit their support in the publication of those activities.

“The media, being in the frontline of
disseminating information, has a bigger role to play if we are to make an
effective headway in fighting the killer disease, malaria.

“We, therefore, want to solicit your support
to use your various platforms in monitoring to ensure that the district
assemblies support the Ghana Health Service by using the 0.5% of District
Response Initiative as directed by the guidelines of the District Assembly
Common Fund to support malaria prevention activities,” he said.

Mr Issah said the overall goal of the
project was to contribute to the reduction of malaria in Ghana by training
malaria advocacy groups and community malaria ambassadors, holding radio
discussions, community durbars, video shows, schools sensitisation activities
and house to house sensitisation.

He said with the current middle income
status of the country, donor funding on malaria was dwindling and that the
project would help improve the involvement of stakeholders in mobilising
support and resources for malaria control programmes.

“The project implementation will also help
improve community participation in health decisions, particularly malaria
prevention and management, to ensure regular supply of required malaria
prevention items such as bed nets and medication among other things”, he said.

Mr Samuel Adadi Akapule, a Chief Reporter of
the Ghana News Agency and a facilitator, urged the media personnel to devote
more of their platforms to help fight the disease.

He said research had shown that malaria
still remained the leading cause of morbidity and mortality and stressed the
need for the media to play their watchdog roles to ensure that the district
assemblies released the 0.5 per cent of the Common Fund to the GHS to tackle
the disease.

GNA

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