Peer Health Educators in Djibouti raise awareness about malaria
Since the beginning of the year, Djibouti suffers from a malaria outbreak which already took many victims since the beginning of the year. Although figures about the number of victims are flying around, we already know that the epidemic is of unprecedented size. Our peer health educators have now been trained in Malaria to raise awareness among their colleagues and in their neighbourhoods.
Malaria is preventable. People should have accurate knowledge about the disease and adopt the right attitude to protect themselves and their children. For that reason, our peer health educators who understand their community members’ fears and perceptions, provide accurate information to dismantle erroneous beliefs and attitudes about causes and transmission of malaria. Malaria is also curable. It’s therefore vital that they have the resources to help colleagues and neighbours in spotting the first symptoms of the disease so that they can be treated within 24 hours.