The Uganda Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) Project
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IRS is a USAID funded project addressing malaria prevention through indoor spraying in 7 Eastern region districts of Paliisa, Bugiri, Namutumba, Kibuku, Butaleja and Serere and 10 Lango and Acholi sub region districts of Agago, Amuru, Apac, Gulu, Kitgum, Kole, Lamwo, Nwoya, Oyam and Pader. The purpose of the project is to achieve the Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) Uganda targets in Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS). The PMI goal is to reduce malaria-related mortality by 70% by the end of 2014 among children under five and pregnant women. Abt Associates is the prime contractor and manages all technical component activities (planning, procurement, implementation, monitoring, and capacity building) while CDFU, a sub-contractor provides expertise and support for Information, Education and Communication (IEC) and Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) activities. CDFU innovatively utilizes a mix of communication approaches and channels including: mass media (mainly radio and print); interpersonal communication; community mobilization using Ministry of Health (MoH) film vans and door to door approaches; working with leaders so they mobilize their communities and advocate for IRS and community diagnosis exercises to reach out to the “opposers” of IRS in order to facilitate positive change. As a result of the BCC activities, the project has achieved an average coverage rate of over 90% of targeted households and the population protected during each spray round. This is higher than the USAID target of 85%.

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