Malawi’s Ministry of Health has been working with WHO to train community health workers to treat common childhood diseases under the Rapid Access Expansion (RAcE) programme– funded by the Government of Canada and launched in 2013.

The approach, known as the integrated community case management (iCCM) of childhood illnesses, focuses on treating diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia, which together accounted for 45% of deaths among children younger than 5 years of age in the country in 2012.

“The incidence of preventable deaths among children underscored the need for the program years ago,” said Dr Storn Kabuluzi, Director of Preventive Health Services at the Malawi Ministry of Health. “So we adopted an aggressive strategy for child survival in 2008,” he said, noting that health workers were trained to treat fevers and other illnesses among children. “Thanks to these efforts, Malawi is now on track to achieve MDG 4.”

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Photo: A community health worker, Frida Kabwango, diagnoses and treats 3 year old James Mabvuto for malaria at Matapila Village Clinic in Ntcheu District, Malawi. (WHO / A. Gumulira)