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HEALTH PROGRAM

HIV/AIDS AWARENESS PROGRAMS

 

With Health, BCM has been running HIV/AIDS awareness programs as well as a number of counseling and testing activities. After identifying the cases we usually refer them to our partner organizations for care and treatment. Regular follow up is carried out to create hope among beneficiaries. Also, community health support is taken care of through awareness and sensitization. Currently a door to door sensitization has been going on. This focuses on small but efficient measures in everyday life to promote basic health, such as boiling drinking water, using the latrines well, family planning, proper and consistent use of a condom, and faithfulness within relationships.

 

 

Malaria

 

Malaria has afflicted people for centuries, not only damaging health, but also diminishing educational achievement, worker productivity, and economic development over the long term.

Estimates just five years ago suggested that globally, malaria killed nearly a million people each year, with most deaths occurring in Africa in children under the age of five. Because most malaria transmission occurs in slums and rural areas, the greatest burden of the disease usually falls on families who have low incomes and whose access to health care is most limited

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Malaria control is vital because malaria accounts for such a high proportion of outpatient visits and hospital admissions in children under the age of five – 30 to 40 percent in most African countries especially Uganda– and the positive impact of malaria prevention is evident in homes and clinics.Building capacity and scaling up resources in response to the most prevalent diseases on the continent, malaria continue to be a key focus of Banda Children’s Ministry’s work in disease prevention and treatment. Strengthening laboratory services to provide better diagnostics for malaria will go a long way in prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

Banda children’s ministry incorporates a holistic approach to managing disease, as any treatment must be accompanied by education programmes to prevent the spread of disease, measures to ensure that patients follow treatment plans and adequate health staff to diagnose disease and administer and monitor treatment, particularly in our area of operation.

Mosquito Control

 

Banda Children’s ministry is marking Malaria Awareness by committing to placing Malaria control and eradication at the heart of its health related work in our area of operation by letting the people know;

If they reduce the number of mosquito bites they receive, they decrease their chances of getting malaria. A few simple steps go a long way..

 

  • Sleeping with mosquito netting—without holes in it—around all beds keeps the few that get in away during the night.
  • Using netting treated with mosquito repellent pesticides chases away those that do approach during the night. Spraying the inside walls of a house with pesticides prevents the mosquitoes that do get in from living long enough to bite.
  • Regular use of insect repellent containing chemicals such as DEET prevents mosquitoes from biting.

Vaccination.

 

Drugs for Prevention

The drugs that treat malaria—mefloquine, doxycycline, chloroquine, atovaquone/proguanil, and primaquine—can also be used to prevent malaria.

These drugs must be taken exactly as ordered: when, in the prescribed dosage, and for the prescribed time period. The drug used depends on a person’s health, medical history. For example, chloroquine can be taken in areas without resistant parasites, but resistance is widespread. We solicit help from you all to support this Click here.

 

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