Summary of Sessions
STOMP’s first biannual meeting of the year included a lively discussion on behavior change, best practices ideas and tutorials, basic biology sessions on malaria and mosquito life cycles, as well as a look at ways we can be innovative to work alongside the MOH to reduce malaria morbidity around the country.
What We Covered
We talked about the importance of M&E and some key strategies we can use to prioritize it through formative as well as summative assessment; we want coordinators to analyze the progress and efficacy of our malaria programs.
The team took time as well to analyze and discuss epidemiology and the most recent malaria data from WHO and Rwanda’s MOPDD (Malaria and Other Parasitic Diseases Division). We also elected STOMP members to the 4 subcommittees (Events and Training, M&E, Resource Management and Communications.)
There is still a lot of work to do, but some great groundwork has been made as these newly equipped volunteers go back to their communities to share their knowledge, ideas and practices with counterparts and CHW’s.
One great example of exciting future projects: PCV Niesha shared about some of the work in malaria prevention work she is doing in her community group with 40 mamas, using some new pilot program materials from the STOMP team (including an accountability calendar for net use and a weekly check in on net repair, net use, and other daily malaria prevention strategies at her health center).
We are excited to support projects like these and walk them through future successful malaria prevention programs with robust M&E, clear objectives, and new, innovative approaches to reducing malaria cases in their village community!
All STOMP coordinators took an anonymous STOMP self-assessment, which they filled out at the beginning and the end of the training (pre/post test).
The assessment was mainly tailored to take the temperature of volunteer motivation, self perceived knowledge, and confidence in implementing their work, specifically in malaria prevention activities.
When STOMP coordinators were asked “Rate how equipped you feel to lead/support malaria interventions in your region”, there was a 65.2% increase in confidence and self perceived personal development in this area at the end of the day.
Overall, perceived knowledge and confidence in malaria work increased by 31%.
There was also a 59% increase in perceived knowledge and awareness of prevention plans and strategies currently being implemented by RBC and the MOH.
These RMCs (Regional Malaria Coordinators) head back to the field with a fresh outlook and new best practices, equipped to implement malaria interventions alongside community health workers, health center staff, and teachers around the country!