USAID Rewards 2 Schools For Fighting Malaria

GES receiving the jerseys

GES receiving the jerseys

GES receiving the jerseys
USAID Networks Project Ghana, an organisation concerned about driving away malaria in communities, has donated two sets of jerseys to two primary schools in the Ada-West District in Greater Accra Region, for their immense contribution in disseminating messages to help fight malaria.

The two schools, Akplabanya D/A Primary and Goi Primary School, were rewarded for their endless efforts in educating the surrounding communities about malaria and its prevention methods through songs, drama and dance.

This presentation is the first of similar awards to primary schools across the country.

In all, 2,882 jerseys would be donated to schools in the 1,441 circuits across Ghana.

USAID through the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) trained teachers and head teachers in all 10 regions of Ghana to creatively use various learning tools and teaching aids, such as drama scripts to educate pupils on malaria.

The teachers were then charged to share this knowledge with their students and train them to share malaria prevention messages within their communities through drama, dance, visual arts, and songs.

In an opening remark, a representative of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) who spoke on behalf of the National Director of NMCP, Dr Constance Bart-Plange, said that they have been able to help about 49 percent of school children to sleep under treated mosquito nets.

She noted that their efforts would be wasted if the school children are not encouraged to sleep under the nets and charged the gathering to make good use of the treated nets.

The Deputy Managing Director of USAID, Andy Karas, stated that malaria continues to be a major cause of sickness and death especially in children under five than any other disease in Ghana.

He also mentioned that so far 2,755 nets have been distributed across primary schools in various districts in Ghana.

Mr Karas said USAID had been partnering the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the NMCP for years to eradicate malaria among school children.

He said that the donations were ongoing and that over 2000 primary schools were yet to benefit from the exercise.

The Deputy Manager also pledged continuous collaborations with the bodies to drive away malaria in Ghana.

BY: Rita Oduro And Belvy Ofori

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