Stories From the Field

Recent trainees from Rwanda with a PARMA trainer. L–Rt: Zhiyong (Jane) Zhou, Tharcisse Munyaneza, and Madjidi Raifiki.
  • Mariame Dalanda Barry stands with other community health workers

    Mariame: A Guinean star in her community for her work in malaria prevention

    Apr 2019
    In Guinea’s battle with malaria, the country’s most burdensome communicable disease, “community relays” are on the frontlines. These community health workers educate communities, test people with fever for malaria, and treat uncomplicated cases or send them to the nearest health facility. One community relay leading the charge in her village is Mariame Dalanda Barry.
  • Community dialogue in Douprou, prefecture of Boffa. Photo credit: RTI International.

    Monthly Malaria Data and Community Dialogues Help Reduce Malaria Incidence in 2017

    Jun 2018

    In Guinea, malaria is the leading cause of healthcare visits and the entire population—particularly children under five years of age and pregnant women—is at risk.

  • Participants review commodities data during a quarterly review meeting in the Boke region. Photo Credit: Serigne Diagne, SIAPS Guinea

    Improving Access to Medicines by Filling the Information Gap

    Aug 2015
    Starting in 2012, the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program, funded by the US Agency for International Development and PMI, worked closely with the National Malaria Control Program and a wide range of stakeholders to redesign the data collection forms used at the health facility level and simplify the process of submitting monthly malaria reports from the district level to the Ministry of Health.
  • Mother and child at the health center in the Dabola District of rural Guinea. Credit: Virginia Lamprecht/Photoshare

    Improving Malaria in Pregnancy from the Ground Up in Guinea

    Aug 2015
    To increase uptake of intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, the President’s Malaria Initiative supported the national malaria control program to revise the Guinea malaria in pregnancy guidance in accordance with the latest World Health Organization recommendations. 
  • A girl, recovered from malaria, with her happy father. Credit: RTI

    Raising Awareness about Malaria in Guinea

    Aug 2015
    With funding from the President’s Malaria Initiative, in fiscal year 2014, the StopPalu project trained more than 1,000 health facility workers in 14 prefectures on behavior change communication, malaria prevention, diagnosis and management of simple cases using artemisinin combination therapy (ACT).
  • Mairama Camara, a community health worker, with Fatoumala Diallo, who was successfully treated for malaria. Source: RTI International

    Community Health Worker in Guinea Stops Malaria in its Tracks

    Oct 2014
    In Guinea, malaria is the leading cause of health consultations, and is responsible for 31 percent of hospitalizations and 14.2 percent of deaths. All people, particularly children under 5 and pregnant women, are at risk.Home visits save lives through testing and treatment.
  • Good Data Promotes Better Health Outcomes: Building Guinea’s Information Management System

    Dec 2013
    Stock-outs of antimalarials cause unnecessary deaths among an estimated 219 million people afflicted worldwide. Good pharmaceutical information systems can avoid stock-outs with timely, accurate data and high reporting rates that ensure the continuous availability of critically-needed antimalarials.
  • Source: Julie Wallace

    Bringing Malaria Treatment to the Community: Guinea’s Community Agents

    Oct 2013
    According to national health statistics from 2007, malaria is the leading cause of consultation (34 percent), hospitalization (31 percent), and death (14.2 percent) in Guinea. Children under five and pregnant women are particularly at risk.
  • A supervisor from the National Malaria Control Program explains the emergency distribution and the new reporting system to the chiefs of health centers in a district of Conakry. Source: SIAPS Staff.

    Saving Lives Through Emergency Distribution of Anti-malarial Medicines

    Feb 2013
    In Guinea, malaria is a common threat year-round, especially during the rainy season that lasts from May to October. It affects everyone, but for children under five years of age, appropriate and immediate treatment could mean the difference between life and death.