885Touchy Information from Rusinga Island
- Apr 17, 2007
I am sending you this touchy information and will cc to Peter, I
understand the issue with Peter and I had to make this known to all
of what we do in Rusinga Island.
By doing so, I am organizing the strategy to find partners in local
NGOs in Suba District, nationally, international Associations for
collaboration in information and Communication Technology teaching,
training, provision of computers-internet access and adequate
location for attracting community wireless connection; the idea is,
the needed associations and NGOs must have interests in ICT and love
to get experience in Africa through information transfer: see what
they do, if they are available to come to Rusinga Island to train and
what kind of assistance they can provide through collaboration.
In the long run the above idea will improve the empowerment of
youths, increase their participation and facilitate dialogue between
this community and different parts of the globe and other activities
that build capacity as policy making and advocacy. Other issues we
address are poverty, leadership, governance, primary health, malaria
control and general community development. The group is currently
having an office and place of meeting.
We are already having members who are technology literate and can do
basic computer training to other members and this forms the backbone
of our capacity building basic analysis. Those trained on malaria
Control are voluntarily collecting data from mosquito breeding trends
at the breeding sites every month, doing pyrethrum spray catch (PSC)
method in marked houses. The spray chemical is given by the help of
scientists who are working with ICIPE. The scientists helps the
community in malaria control trainings and ideas.
The experience from the larval survey for the last three years now
has made the community come up with a geographical seasonal Calendar
which indicates months with high density of larval mosquitoes at the
breeding sites, adult mosquito density, rainfall trends which provide
mosquitoes with favorable breeding conditions, malaria prevalence
rate among the islanders. The malaria prevalence timetable is given
through assistance from the ministry of health, through screening of
patients at identified centres.
The research is taken further to find how people use the existing
anti-malarial drugs. The findings indicate that many misuse the
drugs, under dosage, buying of pain killers instead of actual
malarial medication and the body is becoming resistant to medicine.
The result is more deaths from malaria infection than HIV/Aids which
is also high in the district according to national figures.
The long term dream for malaria control in the island is to do actual
larval control on the breeding sites. By the use of technology to
destroy the mosquitoes before they become adults and make Rusinga
free from Malaria. MOTTO: `RUSINGA ISLAND SHALL BE FREE FROM MALARIA'
SamwelSamwel Okech kongereNyamuga primary schoolP.O BOX 191,MBITA 040305-KENYA.Cell: +254 725 600 439FOSS ADMIRERCommunity DevelopmentUDOGO youth development group-coordinator
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