Integrated malaria prevention implementation (IMPUG) study holds community dissemination workshop in Uganda

Integrated malaria prevention, which advocates the use of several malaria prevention methods holistically beyond insecticide treated nets and indoor residual spraying, is being explored to contribute to efforts of controlling the disease. An implementation study on integrated malaria prevention using photovoice as participatory action research, was recently conducted in Wakiso district, Uganda. This study is part of an EDCTP Career Development Fellowship awarded to Dr David Musoke at Makerere University School of Public Health. Following five months of photography by the participants, monthly discussion of photos with the researchers, and participatory analysis, a community dissemination workshop was held in Wakiso district, central Uganda.

The aim of the workshop was to disseminate study findings and share experiences to various stakeholders including local leaders so as to inform practice on malaria control at community level. The workshop participants appreciated the research team and the photographers for increasing their knowledge on various ways that can be used to prevent malaria in the community including environmental modification, housing improvement, and insecticide-based methods. The stakeholders who attended the workshop thanked the research participants for capturing the challenges related to malaria prevention in their area through the photos shared during the workshop.

The local leaders, who were mainly village chairpersons, pledged to work with the research participants to increase awareness and mobilise community members in implementing many of the malaria prevention methods holistically, some of which they noted were inexpensive such as early closing of doors and windows on houses, as well as removing stagnating water from compounds. Ms. Doreen Nabwire, the in-charge of Kasanje Health Centre III in Wakiso district, commended the research team for empowering the community to adopt integration approaches to prevent malaria, a disease that continues to cause severe morbidity and mortality in Uganda.