22 Apr

Kufa au Kupona (Fever Road)

2011-12 Tanzania HIV and Malaria Indicator Survey

2011-12 Tanzania HIV and Malaria Indicator Survey

Malaria kills more than 500,000 Africans every year.  Consistent use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), early diagnosis and treatment, and prophylactic use of antimalarials during pregnancy can save thousands of lives. But according to the 2011-12 Tanzania HIV and Malaria Indicator Survey (THMIS), many families are not practicing these life saving measures.

To get the message about malaria prevention practices out to Tanzanian communities, The DHS Program collaborated with USAID, the President’s Malaria Initiative, the National Malaria Control Programme, and Media for Development International to produce a film showcasing real life stories of Tanzanians dealing with malaria. Filmed in Dar es Salaam with local actors, Kufa au Kupona (Fever Road), tells three stories. The first is about a young boy who almost dies of malaria because his parents take him to a witch doctor instead of a health care facility when he gets sick. The second story focuses on Jazira who contracts malaria during pregnancy because she does not take IPTp. Five-year-old Brighton, the subject of the third story, is mistakenly treated for malaria when his symptoms are actually due to a urinary tract infection.

Kufa au Kupona (Fever Road)

Kufa au Kupona (Fever Road)

Kufa au Kupona has been broadcast on 6 national television stations in Tanzania and widely disseminated in high malaria prevalence areas through a partnership with the Tanzania Video Library Association, at health care facilities with video equipment, and through mobile video vans. Now, through an arrangement with FilmAid, Kufa au Kupona will be publicly screened at refugee camps in Africa reaching tens of thousands of people at risk for malaria.

Does Kufa au Kupona have an impact? A follow-up survey of more than 800 women and men leaving the video showings in Tanzania found that virtually all respondents liked the film, and many wished it had been longer. All but two of the respondents said that the film influenced them to take action: 20% said they would get tested for malaria the next time they got sick; 22% said they would use mosquito nets; and 18% planned to discuss the film with other people.


Watch the movie with English subtitles>>

16 Apr

Spotlight on New Staff: Aileen Marshall

Aileen Marshall

Aileen Marshall

Name: Aileen M. J. Marshall

Position title:  Knowledge Management (KM)/Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Languages spoken: English, German, and a tiny bit of French and Spanish

When not working, favorite place to visit:  Germany (that’s where I am from, and since my family is still there, it’s a no-brainer), but I would love to go back to Sydney one day. I also absolutely adore Belgium and the Netherlands.

Favorite type of cuisine: I love Mediterranean as well as Indian and Ethiopian and Lebanese cuisine. I am always open to trying new stuff though, as long as it’s not spicy or contains any of the gazillion things I am allergic to!

Last good book you read: Essential SharePoint 2013 … oh, wait, you mean not work-related? Does proof-reading my own “in the works” book count? If not, then I have to say it was Thief of Hope by our very own Cindy Young Turner, and prior to that The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian.

Where would we find you on a Saturday? Volunteering at the Alexandria Animal Shelter, being out and about with my AmStaff Dutch, at Tyson’s Corner or any Barnes & Noble in the area.

Aileen's AmStaff, Dutch.

Aileen’s AmStaff, Dutch.

First time you worked with DHS survey data: September 2, 2014

What is on your desk (or bulletin board/wall) right now?  Three books about KM, SharePoint and Global Health Indicators. Also a gigantic pink paperclip and an oversized silver fountain pen.

2013-14 DR Congo DHS Final Report

2013-14 Democratic Republic of the Congo DHS Final Report

What is your favorite survey final report cover? 2013-14 Democratic Republic of the Congo DHS

Favorite chapter or indicator, and why? Chapter 12: Nutrition of Women and Children. I am pretty obsessed with nutrition in general (and my own intake), so reading about nutrition in other countries is always interesting and very eye-opening.

What’s your favorite way to access The DHS Program’s data? In general, I prefer online access, but being a librarian, I can’t resist looking at hard copies now and then!

What population or health issue are you most passionate about?  Why? Access to health care and nutrition in general.

What are you most looking forward to about your new position? I look forward to working with so many different people from all over the world. I’ve always enjoyed working in global environments, so I feel right at home already. I also look forward to implementing a KM Strategy and teaching people about new ways to collaborate and work, and maybe traveling to different countries to implement KM activities on a local level, not just program-wide.

What has been your biggest surprise so far? That everybody brings back food from their trips, and the speed of which said food disappears from the kitchen again!  I am also amazed that people are more than willing to share what they know, to help and to answer questions. Last but not least I greatly enjoy all the stories people have to tell when they return from their trips.

What do you look forward to bringing to The DHS Program (job-related or not!)? I am excited to share my enthusiasm for KM with my colleagues, and hopefully some fresh perspectives on how they can benefit from new activities. For the pet lovers among us, I have plenty of dog/cat/turtle stories to make you laugh, and I am hopeful that I will join the ranks of DHS fiction authors by publishing a SciFi novel (some light reading when you are not busy with reading data and reports).

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