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Malaria Consortium's Pioneer project is training village health teams (VHTs) in Uganda, to use anti-malarials for treating patients with severe malaria. With mortality at its highest in the first 48 hours, an anti-malarial called rectal artesunate is used to treat severely ill patients, who are unable to take oral medicine before being referred to a health centre. The project works to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality, as well as increase the referral of severely ill children, by training VHTs to treat and refer severe cases.

Rapid Diagnostic Tests

Malaria Consortium's Pioneer Project, funded by the UK charity Comic Relief, is training health workers in Uganda to diagnose accurately and quickly malaria in patients using RDTs. RDTs confirm the presence of the malaria parasite in minutes, allowing health workers to prescribe the correct drug for the right condition, without having to wait for a blood test using microscopy. There are still hurdles to overcome, however, with patients at times reluctant to trust the diagnosis of RDTs, particularly if they are told it is not malaria. Malaria Consortium's Pioneer project continues to strengthen the awareness and understanding of RDTs and to support government strategies, recruitment and training for effective health service delivery

Pioneer Project: Fighting Malaria on the Ground

In 2009, Malaria Consortium received a special initiative grant from the UK charity Comic Relief to set up the Pioneer project in Uganda. 18 months after initial net distribution, Malaria Consortium teams visited families to see what impact the nets had had on their lives. One of the aims of the project was to interrupt the transmission of malaria through mass distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) to every household in four districts of western Uganda. Malaria Consortium's Hoima office was established in 2009 and works closely with the Ministry of Health to distribute nets to districts in the region with the highest disease burden.

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