Malaria vector control remains one of the main interventions within the revised Kenya Malaria Strategy (KMS) 2009-2018. The main objective is to have at least 80% of people in malaria risk areas using appropriate malaria preventive interventions by 2018. Under the revised Kenya Malaria Strategy (KMS), the main vector control strategies are long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), Indoor residual spraying (IRS) and laval source management (LSM) in line with Integrated Vector management (IVM). According to Kenya Malaria Indicator Survey (KMIS) 2015, the LLIN ownership in highland epidemic prone, lake endemic, and coast endemic zones was at least 72 percent. Only forty eight percent of household members in general population slept under a net the night before the survey. One of the recommendations is that NMCP and partners need to scale up ACSM interventions in all malaria risk areas using lessons learnt from what is working in the endemic regions.
Amref Health Africa together with National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) are currently working with 2,953 teachers and 22,636 pupils drawn from 1279 primary schools under vector control to promote malaria control and prevention through school pupils. The intervention is being implemented in 8 out of the 10 Counties of Lake endemic region (Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga, Kisumu, Siaya, Homabay and Migori). The current catchment population is 3,675,000 which translates to 30% coverage for the region. Five (5) pupils per village have been trained through school Health clubs and their role as malaria ambassadors is sensitize community members and promote malaria interventions which include sleeping under a treated mosquito net (LLIN) in all seasons, removing stagnant water in compound and ensuring proper net use. They meet on a weekly basis in their respective school health clubs under the guidance of their club matrons/teachers s to share feedback and any challenges encountered during the household visits conducted over the weekends.
Further to this, the pupil ambassadors, club matrons/ teachers and SCHMT hold quarterly review meetings (QRMs) to share experiences and updates. Some of the pupils from Bungoma County had the following to say in one of the QRMs: