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No more frequent sickness for farmer and his 19 children

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imagesIn Kofar-gabas, Kankara Local Government of Katsina State, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has been working through Role Model Mothers (RMMs) living in the community to provide ACTs, supervise its use and provide advice on how to prevent malaria.

Alhaji Isiya Isiaku, a cotton and maize farmer, with a household of three wives and nineteen children is one of the beneficiaries. According to him, he used to fall sick with malaria which they call "genta" at least five times a year. All his children have also been down with malaria severally. "We used to use Panadol extra and Chloroquine to treat but it also causes itches and it takes time to heal."

He now uses ACT to treat malaria. "In fact, all my wives and children have taken ACT for malaria. We are very happy with the drugs" he said. 14 year old Hussaina Isiaku, one of his children has just finished a doze of ACT and is recovering from malaria.

Abubakar Abdulahi, another farmer in Kafar-gabas is also happy about the drugs provided and role model mothers who visit to advise his three wives and 17 children to keep the environment clean. "This house used to be very dirty. It is better now" he said.

Project Coordinator of Community Information Project, the community based organization which receives support from IHVN to supervise the Role Model Mothers (RMMs) face the challenge of changing negative attitudes. "We advocate with the stakeholders at the local level; traditional rulers, community leaders and policy makers" He also said that frequent visits to supervise RMMs during house to house sensitization also lends help in emphasizing the need for behavioral change.

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