Center for Health Consultation and Community Development (CHD), is a member of Vietnam Civil Society Consortium for Malaria Control Initiative (VietMCI), consisted of Center for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI), Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) and Phap Bao Center for Community Counseling and Support (Phap Bao Center), will implement the project “Enhancing the participation of community in Malaria Elimination”. This is part of Regional Artemisinin-resistance Initiative (RAI) project – Phase 2, from 2018 to 2020, funded by Global Fund.
In order to mobilize community participation for the malaria elimination in Viet Nam, these project activities will focus in four main areas:
- Advocacy and communication at national and local levels;
- Engagement of civil society in operational researches as well as in development, monitoring, and review of national and local malaria program;
- Community-based interventions targeting hard-to-reach (HTR) and mobile migrant populations (MMP);
- Engagement of private sectors in providing testing and treatment services as well as business sectors in malaria control efforts.
Time: From January 2018 to December 2020.
- Activities #1 and #2 are to be implemented at all levels (from commune to central level)
- Activities #3 and #4 will focus on zone 3 – the highest burden 149 communes of 4 provinces namely Binh Phuoc, Dak Nong, Gia Lai and Dak Lak.
- The total population of the project area is over 386,000 people.
- Of which, 20% of the local population is estimated to be involved in forest-based dwellings – which make them also hard-to-reach (HTR), and number of mobile migrant populations (MMP) is equivalent to 10% of local population.
There are two approaches:
- Working with indigenous populations- through communication and community engagement programs – to establish “local norms” on preventing mosquito bites and seeking medical services.
- Carrying out intensive targeted behavior change interventions to HTR and MMP, which include communication counseling, distribution of personal protection commodities, individualized referral and treatment adherence support, etc.