OUR MALARIA WORK
Uganda has some of the highest malaria transmission rates in the world, but very few resources with which to combat the disease. This traps thousands of people in generational poverty. Malaria is a disease that affects mostly poor people and keeps them poor. In order to create a future of sustainable prosperity and health, we have to eliminate malaria. That’s why we have set ourselves to this goal.
But the 2017 World Malaria Report shows that global progress towards this goal has stagnated. In order to achieve a malaria-free Uganda, and even a malaria-free Africa, our global community must accelerate our progress against the disease. When it comes to the world’s toughest problems, good intentions aren’t good enough. We need rigorous scientific inquiry and data-driven policy. That’s why Pilgrim Africa is focused on operational research, policy making, and the implementation of best practices.
Community-Led Case Management
We believe in the power of strong communities, and we have a long history of working at the village level to build capacity and resilience. A Global Fund grant, managed through TASO, allows us to provide Community-Led Case Management for malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea. We train and equip district health workers to treat these common illnesses.
Training for Pharmacists
Many people in rural, poor families don’t have access to public health facilities, and instead seek care at private and not-for-profit clinics. We received a Global Fund grant to train pharmacists in these non-government health facilities about the most updated malaria case management practices. This project improved the care available to two million people.
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Uganda has some of the highest malaria transmission rates anywhere in the world, and very limited resources with which to fight the disease. If we can build a model for effective malaria control here, we believe that it will have a huge impact on international policy. That’s why we work closely with the Ugandan Ministry of Health in each of our projects. As partners, we are measuring success against disease, crafting excellent policy, and integrating vector control and preventative treatment strategies.