Elders and Chiefs Monitor Volunteer Activity in Ghana’s Remote Communities

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Community volunteers are an essential component of the malaria prevention and treatment effort in Ghana because they expand the reach of the National Malaria Control Program. From 2009 to 2012, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Promoting Malaria Prevention and Treatment (ProMPT) project, managed by University Research Co., LLC (URC), supported Ghanaian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which mobilized community volunteers to educate the public on preventing and treating malaria. However, supporting and monitoring volunteers can be difficult in communities that are long distances apart and where transportation infrastructure is minimal. This success story described how the Agency for Health and Food Security found a solution: engaging traditional village leaders. Leaders would monitor volunteers in 56 targeted communities by having volunteers use chalk to mark the letter “M” along with the number of people met on each house they visited, allowing leaders and volunteers to see clearly which areas in the community were reached or not reached and address gaps in the process.

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