23 Apr Test, Treat, and Track: Strengthening Malaria Response Capabilities in Sierra Leone
Anitta Kamara, a registered nurse, is passionate about fighting malaria in her home country of Sierra Leone. The whole nation is at risk for this disease that is spread by mosquitoes and is the leading cause of death and illness.
“We need to reduce the malaria burden so that our people can have good health. So that when children go to school, they are able to perform better. So that when women get pregnant, they can deliver safely,” says Anitta. “That has been my goal: that I need to save mankind. So, I do whatever in my own capacity to help people.”
In her role as a registered nurse and senior case management officer for the Sierra Leone National Malaria Control Program, Anitta co-led an initiative to partner with private pharmacies that are serving patients with malaria. This public-private partnership in Sierra Leone was a collaboration between USAID’s Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) program, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Pharmacy Consultancy of Sierra Leone, and the Sierra Leone National Malaria Control Program. HRH2030’s Capacity Building for Malaria activity works with PMI to strengthen the institutional and managerial capacities of National Malaria Control Programs in ten countries.
In our newest story on the Exposure platform, we meet Anitta and learn more about the work she is doing. Please click below to read the full story.
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Brenda Stafford (left) and Anitta Kamara (right) work together to support the Sierra Leone National Malaria Control Program’s Test, Track, and Treat approach.
Photo: Mohamed Marcel Tucker, ZOOM Media Inc.