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Water and sanitation are crucial in the fight against malaria

The importance of addressing water and sanitation issues cannot be overstated in the fight against malaria. These issues have a direct impact on mosquito breeding, safe drinking water access, hygiene practices, integrated vector management, and sustainable development. It is imperative that we...

Malaria Prevention Initiative Sumba Timur 2023

Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, especially in areas with high transmission rates. The situation is critical in East Sumba, Indonesia, with infection rates soaring above 80%.

In partnership with local health authorities, we’ve initiated a crucial program to address this issue, focusing on vulnerable groups like children and pregnant women.

Malaria - Urgent needs for medical equipment

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Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs)

To accurately diagnose malaria, it is essential to conduct multiple tests using microscopes and reagents. It is crucial to obtain these materials promptly to detect and treat the numerous cases effectively.

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Insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs)

A reliable way to protect oneself against mosquito-borne diseases is the use of mosquito nets, which act as a barrier between people and insects. Sadly, many households in this area still lack access to this essential tool.

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Space insecticide spraying (IRS)

A practical method of managing mosquitoes that make their way into homes is to use residual insecticide spray on the interior walls. Currently, Indoor Residual Spraying is one of two core malaria interventions recommended by the WHO.

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Antimalarial drugs & others

There is a pressing need for an increased supply of antimalarial medications and treatments for illnesses resulting from contaminated water, malnutrition, and parasitic and infectious diseases that are prevalent in our area.

Primary Medical Care Progress Report

The Primary Medical Care (PMC) program has been a game-changer for many rural communities in East Sumba. Since its launch in December 2022, the programme’s workers – all strong women from ultra-rural areas – have treated more than a thousand people.

Remarkably, these Kawan Sehat agents are not medical professionals, yet they have saved countless lives. This testifies to the effectiveness of the program and the dedication of these heroes in these regions with no other medical resources than those offered by this program.

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