WAKAM

Western Kenya remains an area of high prevalence for malaria. It affects all of the local populations, with ongoing significant morbidity and mortality, particularly in young children and pregnant females. Reducing malaria would have a substantial impact on the well-being and socioeconomics of the population. The keystone of our project involves training and mobilization of an entire army of Community Health Workers (CHWs). These CHWs will work in rural areas that require strengthened access to free healthcare and improved utilization of prevention strategies.The tools given to the CHWs are designed specifically to help them perform multiple tasks in remote and resource-poor environments. STAGES of the Project 1- Building the Global Grant Application, Aligning all the Partners, Getting the pledge for monies, Performing Community Assessment 2- Approval by Rotary International 3- Initiation of the Project in Western Kenya, recruiting and training, and mobilization 4- Measurement of operational parameters and key outcome variables 5- Successful Completion the Project with implementation of the Sustainable Practices 6- Presentation of Final Reports to all stakeholders Details of the Project This project involves 20 recipient clubs in Western Kenya, each being certified and agreeing to certain criteria to be included. Each of these clubs will assign 2 individuals to be the point persons for all communications. In addition, 20 donor Districts, not in Africa, will each assign a lead club in their district. These 20 lead clubs will, likewise, assign 2 individuals to be the point persons for their district. Each of the 20 donor clubs in each donor district, will pledge $10,000 or more from their district, towards seed money to the project. District Designated Funds (DDF) will supplement the $200,000 raised from district pledges. Each club in Western Kenya will be partnered with another club from one of the 20 donor Districts around the globe, so club-to-club interactions are maintained. Lastly, RAM-G, or Rotarians Against Malaria-Global Rotary Action Group (RAG) will coordinate the project, in alignment with the 2 lead clubs, Rotary Club of Aspen (Colorado) and Rotary Club of Kakamega. In addition, various non-rotary partners will be accessed through the RAM-G network. For more informatoin, please contact Dr. Dan Perlman dperlman1@mac.com

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