Malaria Prevention Project

Partnership Objectives

  1. Insecticide-treated mosquito nets to children and pregnant women.
  2. Educate women in the Lindi region on the importance of malaria prevention.

Save the Children staff member running a Malaria prevention meeting in the community. Save the Children staff member running a Malaria prevention meeting in the community. Copyright Astellas

What are the health needs and challenges?

Malaria is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five in Tanzania’s Lindi region.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

In January 2011, the Astellas European Foundation donated GBP 50,000 to support the provision of 15,000 insecticide-treated nets to pregnant women and children under five from 284 villages in Lindi Rural, Kilwa and Ruangwa districts. The project benefitted an estimated 19,883 children and mothers.

In addition, the project distributed malaria prevention awareness raising T-shirts and leaflets to women from 284 target villages so that they could pass on their knowledge to other mothers. Village meetings were also held and 5,000 house visits made to ensure parents knew how to use their mosquito nets and why they were so important. In total, 50,770 people benefitted from these awareness raising activities.

In 2012 and 2013 the Astellas European Foundation built on 2011’s support with additional funding of GBP 100,000 to maximise the impact of Save the Children’s work to prevent malaria for women and their families in the Lindi region of Tanzania. Over the two years 13,133 households, equating to 65,670 people, were reached with messages on malaria prevention.

Key achievements from the programme include training 78 volunteers on how to mobilise communities on malaria prevention knowledge and practice, equipping 20 core groups in Lindi on community mobilisation skills on malaria prevention and distributing insecticide treated nets to 3,922 children aged under five and 1,598 pregnant women.

Other outcomes from the programme include equipping community volunteers with bicycles, raincoats, rubber boots and stipends so that they can continue their work during the rainy season when malaria is most prevalent.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Astellas

Partner(s) Save the Children

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Disease(s) Malaria

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Provision of Insecticide Nets, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Mothers, People with low income, Women

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Tanzania

Start Date 2011

More information Astellas Enrich Healthcare Systems

Completed date 2013