Akros is working under @abtassociates and PMI to research different methodologies for targeting spray areas and their effects on the impact of indoor residual spraying (IRS). Under the Focal IRS Operation Research project, Akros designed and provided the targeting strategies used in IRS in late 2017, and will evaluate their impact by collecting entomological data (mosquitoes) and malaria incidence data. We use two types of traps to capture mosquitoes. Light traps are placed indoors next to a person sleeping under a mosquito net. They attract mosquitoes that come indoors, looking to feed, and draw them into the trap via the light and the fan. In this photo, community health workers are sorting out the mosquitoes that were collected from the light traps. (photo credit Natasha Mwelwa)
In a recent report, Zambia's ZANIS News took a look at latrine coverage. Our staff member, Annie Mutunda, was there to give guidance. See the full video report by clicking link in bio.
It's Friday, and and our readiness for the weekend has us re-living some great holiday memories. Akros staffers got to spend another great day with the almost 400 kids at Chifundo School and Mercy Ministries, having a nice meal, opening presents, and playing the annual Akros vs. Chifundo futbol game. (Akros was defeated 0-1). We have such high respect for local organizations like these doing amazing work in our community. Hope your 2018 is off to a great start!
Today is World AIDS Day and we want to say thank you to everyone who contributes to the fight against HIV. Thank you to the DREAMS program from @pepfar for giving so many young girls a safe space to grow stronger and take control of their own health.⠀ ⠀ #endAIDS #BIGDREAMS
Here's a holiday you might not celebrate every year with your family: World Toilet Day. Well it's today! 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste. The Sustainable Development Goals want to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030. We've been trying to do our part to bring toilets to the masses.⠀ ⠀ In honor of World Toilet Day, we bring you the story of Charles Mwiinga (Link also in profile), a Community Champion in Zambia that they call The Professor for his ability to educate everyone around him on the importance of constructing and using latrines. Follow the link to read more, and happy Toilet Day to all!⠀ ⠀ http://bit.ly/the-professor
Are you a 20-something that is excited about being in the next generation of leaders in global health equity? If so, then Global Health Corps may be your next big step. Here's something to keep in mind for tomorrow: Thursday, Nov 16 at 9am Eastern - Hear current and former Akros GHC fellows share their experiences and tell you what to expect! (link in bio) Each year, GHC takes on a diverse group of young leaders with a vested interest in health equity to complete a 13-month fellowship with partner organizations in five countries: Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and the U.S. Akros has had GHC fellows since the program's inception, and the results have been fantastic! Join us tomorrow for the webinar.