A family sleeping under a mosquito net
Delta Airlines and the Ghana Red Cross have begun training volunteers to kick start the activities for the anti-malaria campaign launched in February this year.
The dedicated Ghana Red Cross volunteer training session would train over 80 volunteers for the year-long project to undertake a number of house-to-house visits to educate the general public on the importance and use of treated mosquito nets.
The campaign, which had been developed to last through the rest of the year, would see a mass distribution of 4,000 of long lasting insecticide nets (LLIN) in the country, starting from the Nima locality in the Greater Accra Region, with a total number of 8,000 beneficiaries.
The campaign is in alignment with the Ghana Health Service’s goal to curb the high rates of malaria.
“We are happy to be making progress in this collaboration. Malaria, undoubtedly, is one of the most common diseases and the cause of a number of deaths in several African countries including Ghana,” commented Bobby Bryan, Delta Air Lines’ Commercial Manager for East and West Africa.
“As an international company with a strong presence in the country, the well-being of its people especially women and children, and their freedom from malaria is of great concern to us. We wish all the volunteers well in their assignments,” he said.
Beatrice Adama Idrisu, a nurse from the Usher Policlinic in Accra who conducted the first part of the one-day volunteer training stated that “malaria is one of the most common diseases in the country which kills several people each year.”
She, therefore, expressed gladness at the turn-out of volunteers because for her, the campaign would go a long way to help control and reduce the high occurrence of the disease in the country.
The second part of the training session was conducted by Thomas Aapore, the Event Coordinator of the Ghana Red Cross Society.
He expressed his delight about the partnership with Delta Airlines and stated that they are looking forward to educating and positively impacting the lives of residents of the localities which would be visited so that more companies would be encouraged to follow Delta’s remarkable example.
A follow-up training session is scheduled to be held in Bolgatanga in Upper East Region.
Delta has operated service to Ghana since December 2006 and now operates service to five African cities in five countries. Delta has grown from 22 weekly departures to and from Africa in December 2006 to more than 50 planned for summer 2014.