Literature Review: An Investigation into the Impact on Social Inclusion of High Volume Transport Corridors and Potential Solutions to Identifying and Preventing Human Trafficking

This report presents a literature review and annotated bibliography undertaken as part of the research project: An Investigation into the Impact on Social Inclusion of High Volume Traffic (HVT) Corridors, and Potential Solutions to Identifying and Preventing Human Trafficking. The literature review followed the core principles of a systematic literature review process. The review found that very little is known about the relationship between Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and HVT corridors, other major trade routes and border crossings along these routes. It also found that the role of transport sector operators within the human trafficking process is not well understood. This validates the choice of research topic and confirms the need to strengthen the evidence base on these issues.

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MAM@Scale COVID-19 Response: Gender Based Violence Poster

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many have faced unprecedented challenges around the world. Like many organisations, Transaid has been adapting and finding new ways of working, and making sure that all staff, consultants and volunteers are protected and safe. Consequently, Transaid has been working to introduce new protocols and ways of working for our colleagues in the field.

As part of this, Transaid have been focusing on awareness raising, establishing hand washing stations and topping up the community food banks as part of the preparedness planning in the MAM@Scale intervention sites in Zambia. This also included the development of materials aimed at supporting awareness raising activities, and to ensure that the people on the frontline of project operations, as well as the people they are supporting, are safe and protected at all times.

The stresses and strains of the pandemic have led to an increase of Gender Based Violence (GBV) reported in communities. MAM@Scale COVID-19 Response has therefore begun to incorporate a GBV campaign in its activities.

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MAM@Scale COVID-19 Response: Revised RAS Protocol

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, many have faced unprecedented challenges around the world. Like many organisations, Transaid has been adapting and finding new ways of working, and making sure that all staff, consultants and volunteers are protected and safe. Consequently, Transaid has been working to introduce new protocols and ways of working for our colleagues in the field.

As part of this, Transaid have been focusing on awareness raising, establishing hand washing stations and topping up the community food banks as part of the preparedness planning in the MAM@Scale intervention sites in Zambia. This also included the development of materials aimed at supporting awareness raising activities, and to ensure that the people on the frontline of project operations, as well as the people they are supporting, are safe and protected at all times.

Please click below to view the updated rectal artesunate (RAS) protocols for Community Health Volunteers (CHVs), in English, Chewa, Senga, and Luvale.

MAM@Scale COVID-19 Response: Signs and Symptoms Poster

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many have faced unprecedented challenges around the world. Like many organisations, Transaid has been adapting and finding new ways of working, and making sure that all staff, consultants and volunteers are protected and safe. Consequently, Transaid has been working to introduce new protocols and ways of working for our colleagues in the field.

As part of this, Transaid have been focusing on awareness raising, establishing hand washing stations and topping up the community food banks as part of the preparedness planning in the MAM@Scale intervention sites in Zambia. This also included the development of materials aimed at supporting awareness raising activities, and to ensure that the people on the frontline of project operations, as well as the people they are supporting, are safe and protected at all times.

Please click below to see the “Signs, Symptoms and Response” Posters in English, Bemba, Chewa, Senga, and Luvale.

MAM@Scale COVID-19 Response: Prevention Poster

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many have faced unprecedented challenges around the world. Like many organisations, Transaid has been adapting and finding new ways of working, and making sure that all staff, consultants and volunteers are protected and safe. Consequently, Transaid has been working to introduce new protocols and ways of working for our colleagues in the field.

As part of this, Transaid have been focusing on awareness raising, establishing hand washing stations and topping up the community food banks as part of the preparedness planning in the MAM@Scale intervention sites in Zambia. This also included the development of materials aimed at supporting awareness raising activities, and to ensure that the people on the frontline of project operations, as well as the people they are supporting, are safe and protected at all times.

Please click below to see the “COVID-19 Prevention Poster”,  in English, Bemba, Chewa, Senga, and Luvale.

MAM@Scale COVID-19 Response: Revised ETS Protocol

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many have faced unprecedented challenges around the world. Like many organisations, Transaid has been adapting and finding new ways of working, and making sure that all staff, consultants and volunteers are protected and safe. Consequently, Transaid has been working to introduce new protocols and ways of working for our colleagues in the field.

As part of this, Transaid have been focusing on awareness raising, establishing hand washing stations and topping up the community food banks as part of the preparedness planning in the MAM@Scale intervention sites in Zambia. This also included the development of materials aimed at supporting awareness raising activities, and to ensure that the people on the frontline of project operations, as well as the people they are supporting, are safe and protected at all times.

Please click below to see the Revised ETS Rider Protocol During COVID-19 Pandemic, in both English and Senga.

WHO Bulletin: Use of rectal artesunate for severe malaria at the community level, Zambia

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported on a Transaid project in Zambia, which has helped to dramatically reduce severe malaria mortality in children under six years of age, as being “feasible, safe and effective in hard-to-reach communities”. In this official report, the WHO research bulletin identifies the project’s approach – which included a bicycle ambulance system implemented by Transaid – as being highly adaptable, stating it “could be used in other countries with a high malaria burden”.

Zambia’s Health Minister, Dr Chitalu Chilufya, has also praised the success of the pilot. Speaking during the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference in Lyon, France, attended by heads of state, heads of government, philanthropists and NGOs, he reinforced the need for partnership to ensure that pre-referral anti-malarial treatments could be financed and rolled out at national level.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes; and is highly prevalent in young children. Despite it being preventable and curable, the WHO African Region carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden – being home to 92 per cent of malaria cases and 93 per cent of malaria deaths in 2017.

Transaid worked on the initial pilot project (MAMaZ Against Malaria) in Serenje District with Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) between 2017 and 2018, in collaboration with a consortium of partners which included DAI Global Health (formally Health Partners International), Development Data, Disacare, the Zambian National Malaria Elimination Centre and District Health Management Team. Following its success, this year Transaid became part of a scale-up programme, securing matched funding from Grand Challenges Canada and the Government of Canada to enable the initial project to quadruple in size, potentially benefiting as many as 250,000 people in rural Zambia by the end of 2020.

The WHO research focused on a 12-month period during the pilot, using data from three sources including surveys carried out near the beginning and end of the intervention period, health facilities contributing data on malaria to the Zambia Health Management Information System and a community monitoring system. It also collected qualitative data via case studies, feedback from government officials and reports of informal discussions with community health volunteers and communities.

In the year before the intervention, 18 deaths occurred in 224 cases of confirmed severe malaria among children younger than five years of age seen at intervention health facilities (case fatality rate: 8%). During the intervention, three out of 619 comparable children with severe malaria died (case fatality rate: 0.5%).

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Developing innovative approaches to increase rural access to commodities for the case management of severe malaria in Zambia: Final Project Report (August 2018)

This final report presents the key results from the MAMaZ Against Malaria (MAM) project which was established in July 2017.

MAMaZ against Malaria is a one year pilot project, funded by the Geneva-based foundation, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). The project aims to devise an evidence-based and sustainable strategy to improve the access of hard-to-reach communities to effective treatment for severe malaria (SM) in a high malaria burden setting.

The project is being implemented by a consortium led by Transaid in partnership with Health Partners Zambia, Development Data and Disacare. The consortium is working in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Zambia, specifically the National Malaria Elimination Centre, and the District Health Management Team for Serenje District.

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Health Facility Study Report – Adamawa State Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) Programme

The Comic Relief funded Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) programme ran in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria, for a five-year period between 2013 and 2018. It focused on reducing the health care access gap for pregnant women in rural communities during delivery or maternal complications, through safe and affordable transport.

Given the limited evidence-based guidance for practitioners and policy-makers in both the health and transport sectors on how best to reduce the negative impact of lack of transport on Africa’s high maternal mortality rates, there is scope for this report to add to global learning and inform decision-makers.

The Adamawa State ETS programme Health Facility Study Report outlines the findings from an investigation to determine if and how the use of ETS correlates to a woman’s health condition upon arrival at a health facility during delivery or a maternal complication.

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Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) User Survey Report – Adamawa State ETS programme

The Emergency Transport Scheme programme ran in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria, for a five-year period between 2013 and 2018 and was funded by Comic Relief. This focused on bridging the gap in access to health care for pregnant women in rural communities during delivery or maternal complications through providing safe, affordable transport. The programme was implemented by Transaid and Society for Family Health (SFH) in collaboration with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), the Adamawa State Government and local communities.

The ETS User Survey Report presents the findings from the Adamawa State ETS programme and gathered both qualitative and quantitative data, which are invaluable in building understanding of the reasons behind ETS users’ choices to make use of the emergency transport scheme. The survey was conducted in March 2017 and gathered data from 150 women on their health and transport seeking behaviour.

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MAM evidence brief – key results

This technical brief presents the key results from the MAMaZ Against Malaria (MAM) project which was established in July 2017.

MAMaZ against Malaria is a one year pilot project, funded by the Geneva-based foundation, Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). The project aims to devise an evidence-based and sustainable strategy to improve the access of hard-to-reach communities to effective treatment for severe malaria (SM) in a high malaria burden setting.

The project is being implemented by a consortium led by Transaid in partnership with Health Partners Zambia, Development Data and Disacare. The consortium is working in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Zambia, specifically the National Malaria Elimination Centre, and the District Health Management Team for Serenje District.

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MAMaZ for Malaria (MAM) dissemination event in Zambia

The event brought together various stakeholders to present findings from the MAMaZ against Malaria (MAM) pilot programme which ended in July, 2018. The event  was hosted by the National Malaria Elimination Centre (NMEC) and results were shared from the project ‘Developing innovative approaches to increase rural access to commodities for the case management of severe malaria in Zambia’.

The initiative was implemented in close partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Serenje District Health Management Team (DHMT) and was funded by Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), who also provided ongoing technical support. To read more about the MAM programme, please click here.

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