Rwanda Malaria Communication Strategy 2010-2012

Year of Publication: 2022

This strategy is part of the Rwandan national initiative intending to significantly reduce malaria morbidity and mortality. The program has behavior change at its foundation, and it requires people to adopt the necessary behaviors to achieve malaria pre-elimination. In order to carry out this work, massive community mobilization is required. The Malaria Unit of the Ministry of Health has developed this Communication Strategy to guide the process of communicating the malaria prevention and treatment behaviors and mobilizing communities, households and individuals to adopt and continuously practice these behaviors. These communication and mobilization activities will be conducted at all levels from national, to provincial, to district and community levels.

In addition to the individual, community and household behaviors, health workers in both facilities and communities must learn better communication and mobilization techniques. This strategy guides the communication work of the health workers as well, so that they are clear about what is expected of them with regard to achieving malaria pre-elimination. The strategy also provides reinforcement of the message that local initiatives are the cornerstone of implementation and health workers should feel confident to use the key messages in ways that are relevant in their catchment areas.

Desk Review and Qualitative Assessment of Case Management SBCC Strategies in Four Countries: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia

Year of Publication: 2022

Case management of malaria has undergone profound changes over the years since the introduction and widespread use of rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) and artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT). Recent years have seen the evolution of home management of malaria, community-based management of malaria and integrated community case management (iCCM) of malaria packages. Social and behavior change communication (SBCC) activities at the community level that address behaviors like prompt care seeking and compliance with complete ACT regimens have been the focus of some interventions. Much less SBCC has focused on service provider behaviors, like adherence to simple and complicated malaria treatment and diagnosis algorithms, and adherence to ACT and RDT protocols.

Countries like Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia have shown that carefully planned malaria case management pilots, programs and activities can be extremely effective.1234 This research does not, however, include documentation of SBCC components of malaria case management programming that have been measured for impact. While these countries have taken steps to develop malaria communication strategies that include malaria case management messaging, very little has been done to document the impact of resulting national activities and programs.

The purpose of this desk review is to identify promising SBCC practices related to malaria case management at both community and service provider levels in the four focus countries: Zambia, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal.

Imfashanyigisho ku buzima bw’imyororokere

Year of Publication: 2016

Imfashanyigisho ku buzima bw’imyororokere is a teaching material that was developped by Health Global Communities for Good in line with educating youth under 18 about their changing bodies and sexual transformation.

The material was designated as “Images boxes.” It is a teaching manual to be disseminated to CHWs whose the mandate is to educate youth under 18 on reproductive health matters.

This material can particulary provide brief information on:

1. STIs

2. Reproductive health

3. Family Planning