After attending the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Facilitators training on the Malaria Competence Approach in Kenya in May 2005, and due to my preserved need for such a community tool, I introduced the Malaria Competence Approach in Bonthe district, Southern Sierra Leone. The initial simple process for introducing the Competence Approach to communities was by inviting five representatives from each of the 12 chiefdoms in Bonthe district to two-day Community Development Consultative meeting on the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) for malaria prevention in Mattru, Bonthe district.
The main success of the Competence Approach was its ability to mobilize community action on malaria prevention and control. Community representatives had to assess their malaria competence by discussions and then agreed on actions through which they could reach their stated target levels on the malaria competence framework. As a result, World Vision Sierra Leone (WVSL) together with the communities successfully distributed over 20,000 LLINs in the entire district. This was amazing to us.
Apart from the community’s support in transporting their LLITNs consignment, the community was able to supervise, monitor and report the nets distribution and use after three months of operations. With the enthusiasm, support, participation and ownership with which the community distributed the LLINs, WVSL then realized that there is a great need for using the Malaria Competence Approach as a model for our malaria projects.
In closing, I want to tell everyone present here that the Malaria Competence Approach for local community response is very impressive and realistic. It was a catalyst for mobilizing active community participation in the distribution and utilization of LLINs in Bonthe district. To date, I have continued using the competence process.
I want to thank you all for your attention and understanding.
Story Presented by: Joseph Senesie – World Vision International Date: March 23, 2009