NGO Takes Giant Step by Offering Free Screening

Charles Takyi-Boadu | 25 Jul 2006
Ghanaian Chronicle

The campaign is aimed at educating the communities involved on the effects and ways of preventing the killer disease.

Since the official launch of the NGO barely a year ago, it has so far visited several communities, including Nima, Korle-Bu, and James Town, all in the Greater Accra Region and Atorkor in the Volta region.

Rebecca Akuffo-Addo, Chairperson of the Foundation says she was prompted by the spate at which the disease was sweeping through the ages in Africa to champion the course.

Being one of the common killer diseases on the African continent, she has asked other women who share the same concern to join hands in strengthening the campaign against malaria since it has the tendency of claiming more lives if adequate sensitization is not embarked upon.

This, she said, would complement efforts of government and other civil society groups which are already marshalling forces to fight the disease in Ghana.

In this regard, she stated that a pilot programme has begun at Atorkor in the Volta Region by way of holding educational campaigns in schools, helping to clear bushes around their immediate surroundings and spraying in and around stagnant water bodies.

The group has also donated treated mosquito nets and free testing malaria parasites among several others to Atorkor and surrounding communities.

Mama Ameyleti Numenyo II, known in private life as Mrs. Lois A. Okudzeto led the group to Atorkor.

According to her, since the programme started a year ago, a follow up by the Foundation and Acts in Africa, another NGO indicates that the campaign has proven to be effective A progress report submitted by the group gives room to believe that as against the same number last year, the malaria parasite rate has dropped drastically.

Meanwhile, close to 2000 people at Atorkor and its surrounding villages in Anlo have been given free malaria test by Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation in collaboration with Acts in Africa as part of the Global Fund programme.

Some of the natives found with malaria parasites were referred to the Anloga government hospital for further examination and treatment.

Mrs. Akuffo-Addo has indicated the Foundations preparedness to extend the programme to the rest of the country when it is able to generate enough funds.