By Commonwealth People’s Association of Uganda,

COMMONWEALTH PEOPLES’ ASSOCIATION OF UGANDA (CPAUG) is an NGO founded and formally registered in Uganda in December 2005 and as a company limited by guarantee in April 2008 to promote the Commonwealth Charter (2013) and Values in Uganda; and its an affiliate of the Royal Commonwealth Society-UK. CPAUG has been implementing the Commonwealth Health Initiative –Uganda 2014-2018 (C-HEALTH) as a way of enhancing civil society participation in advocating for a critical mass towards issues that impend on the country’s socio-economic transformation process from a youth perspective.

One of the initiatives launched in 2012 by the Country Representative –WHO Uganda was the Malaria Youth Summits that aims at sharing information on malaria with students in primary schools in Uganda through holding of forums that demonstrate how malaria is a serious health challenge in education and how they (young) people can play a leading role in its eradication at the school, community and house level with the right information shared.

Since its launch, the initiative has reached 20 schools in Mbale, Kampala and Wakiso districts, over 2,800 students and 40 teachers have participated. This has been achieved through the deployment of university students and volunteers in schools by implementing a Malaria School Package (MSPack) developed as a user tool by the Association in 2009. In addition, visual aids (mosquito nets and pictures) are used in the programme that takes 45minutes-1hr of information sharing with the participants. This initiative has been wholly funded by CPAUG through volunteerism and membership contributions with GoU-MoH/WHO-Uganda technical assistance. Others who extended technical expertise were Malaria Consortium Uganda in 2012. As a motivational tool, all participants and the schools are given a certificate of appreciation.

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Key achievements of this initiative have been; sharing information with the youth in school, teachers and parents on malaria;

Introduction of a cost-effective model of sharing malaria information with a larger community of young people;

Working with partners in the health sector who proved beneficial as health experts on Malaria; and

Contribution to the achievement of the Health Goals in Uganda (MDGs and the now SDGs) among the youth

As the initiatives’ five (5) year cycle comes to end in 2018, CPAUG is seeking new partners to support the initiative both financial and technical so as to roll it out countrywide in Uganda. A new initiative shall be launched in March 2019 in Gulu District as part of the Commonwealth Week 2019 in Uganda.

For further details on how to support the initiative please contact:

Attn: Kiapi K. Frederick-Executive Director-CPAUG  C/o P. O. Box 10358 Kampala Plot 87 Bukoto Street, Kamowkya, Oasis House Opp. UTGA 116  Tel: 256 414 577 017/256 776 642 494

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://commonwealthassociationuganda.wordpress.com/

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