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Uganda Red Cross intensifies malaria campaign in eastern Uganda

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Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) under its immunization and malaria programme has conducted social mobilization for routine immunization and malaria sensitization in the most affected branches of Iganga, Mayuge, Kamuli and Tororo. This has increased the level of awareness among the people and immunization as a package to promote health seeking behaviour among the communities in the project area.

The activity, aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality due to immunizable preventable diseases has been running in three selected sub counties of each of the selected branches. It mainly entails information dissemination geared at mobilising communities to take all children under five years for immunization.

In another development, over 2000 mosquito nets have been procured and are yet to be distributed to expectant mothers and children under five years, who are considered to be more vulnerable to malaria. As a preventive measure, Uganda Red Cross, through its volunteers also conducted mass sensitization with the help of various IEC materials. The materials, especially those in poster form pinned in strategic places help the parents to follow up the appropriate immunisation schedules at particular age intervals.

By Charles Nsamba