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Community Engagement

Every PanAfricare project is a partnership with the participating communities.

PanAfricare designs projects with participatory appraisals. 

What does that mean?

PanAfricare staff, most of whom are community members themselves, work with each community to identify what development difficulties they face and what local resources are available to achieve solutions. In addition to national and corporate leaders, we consult with traditional and religious leaders when designing projects, and we react to local feedback as projects progress. We contract local companies to carry out specific project tasks, such as constructing a community library, so local firms earn the experience and the income.

With funding from ExxonMobil, we implemented the Sequele Integrated Community Malaria Project in Angola. This community-based malaria program has as a core component of training families on essential malaria practices with an emphasis on promoting the use of Long-Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLINs), Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp), and correct and early (within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms) management of malaria through a network of Community Health Workers (CHW).

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project supported sensitization at the community level on COVID-19 prevention measures. Despite cancellation or delay in some planned project activities because of COVID-19 related restrictions of movement and gathering, project staff and partners successfully remained engaged with their community by incorporating new safety measures and innovative solutions.

Activities included:

  • Trained Community Health Workers (CHW) on COVID-19 and Malaria prevention and control.
  • Leading community level sensitization on malaria and COVID-19 protocols through home visits and Health talks.
  • Conducted cleanup campaigns to reduce mosquito breeding sites.
  • Supported construction of new latrines constructed by families in the project neighborhoods.
  • Reinforced surveillance for COVID-19 through the National call line and implemented a surveillance system for COVID-19 at the district level.
  • Organized integrated fairs to sensitize families on COVID 19 and Malaria prevention measures and screen for hypertension, diabetes which are the main comorbidities for high risk of COVID-1.