Malaria Safe provided trainings for employers on the effects of malaria that contribute to poverty and to lower production, which helped employers communicate with employees about malaria. Educational sessions for employees and their families provided opportunities to learn about malaria prevention from health professionals. Some companies incorporated Malaria Safe messages into in-house magazines, newsletters, intranet sites, break-room bulletin boards, and posters. Malaria Safe encouraged employers to provide two insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) with trainings on use for each employee. Trainings also covered the importance of testing with malaria rapid diagnostic tests (mRDT) before taking medication, and following the guidance of health providers.
Malaria Safe engaged participating business leaders through advocacy, and encouraged them to become proponents of Malaria Safe with other business leaders throughout Tanzania. Through advocacy sessions with health insurance companies, Malaria Safe created incentives and discounts for Malaria Safe companies due to the lessened burden of disease among their employees. Business leaders learned how to access protection tools such as ITNs, mRDTs, and malaria treatment medicines through organizations that provide these items.
Malaria Safe educational materials such as the Malaria Safe Play Book, PowerPoint presentations for trainings, fliers, posters, and others ensured that companies had the tools they needed to communicate with their employees effectively about malaria.
All Malaria Safe hosted events recognized active companies for their contribution to the fight against malaria. These events also aimed to attract other companies to join Malaria Safe. To welcome newly joined partners, the Tanzania Capacity and Communication Project (TCCP) organized breakfast meetings for these companies throughout its involvement with Malaria Safe. These meetings not only welcomed and honored the companies into Malaria Safe, they also provided a networking platform for new Malaria Safe companies to connect with existing partners. The breakfast meetings represented the will and commitment of these companies to engage in the fight against malaria.
The Four Pillars
Malaria Safe worked with the private sector to invest in malaria control for their employees, employees’ families, and employees’ communities by conducting activities falling under the four pillars of Malaria Safe:
- Educate employees and their families on the dangers of malaria through health trainings, in partnership with the National Malaria Control Program.
- Protect employees from malaria through the distribution of mosquito nets and other prevention tools.
- Communicate malaria messages using company platforms such as product labels and existing advertising space.
- Advocate for malaria control with business partners and government officials.