Over 85% of Malawians live in rural areas, and health services in many places are still limited. Malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia are the three leading causes of death for children under age five, and action is needed at the community level to ensure child survival.
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Council in Malawi to work with trained local volunteers and government health workers to fight these preventable diseases. Health agents use the Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) model with Social Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) strategies to educate and engage families on preventing illness, caring for the sick at home and seeking medical care when needed. Through home visits and health education sessions in schools and community gatherings, the program encourages families to use mosquito nets to prevent malaria and practice good sanitation and hygiene to reduce other kinds of illness.