The two-day workshop took place at the Bakau Community Youth Centre and was centred on malaria preventive measures. The trainees were taken through topics on early treatment behaviour, uptake of intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, sleeping under insecticide treated bed nets and the promotion of the indoor residual sprays.
Lamin Fatty, the project manager for NSGA, said teaching the participants on malaria prevention will help in reducing malaria cases in the country.
“This workshop is relevant because it will help in boosting people’s understanding on the prevention of malaria,” he said. “These participants will also go and disseminate the information that they have learned here in their communities, which will trigger full community participation in the whole process.”
The training programme forms part of a series capacity building programme that started in 2012 and wraps up in 2015. Fifty-two training programmes have so far been conducted nationwide with 26 school peer health groups and 26 youth groups.
Kebba Kanteh, a Bakau resident and member of Bycaw, said of the training: “I am very much equipped with some of the preventive measures that one can use against contracting malaria. I think I can be able to teach the people about what I have learned these days when I go back to the community.”]]>