Tools Program – Solomon Islands
Following the decision by the Global Fund to take over supplying bed nets for the Solomon Islands which had previously been supplied by RAM through the Adopt A Village program (AAV) � it was decided to use the AAV funds received to provide tools to villages to enable them to keep their villages free of mosquito breeding areas. The new program is called “Healthy Villages”. Under this scheme villages develop a plan of work to be undertaken and then apply to the Health Promotion Director (Solomons Ministry of Health) and are required to sign an agreement that they will look after the tools. Once approved and tools purchased they are then collected by a representative of the village and transported to the village.
Your donation can help
$10 provides a bednet
$100 provides tools for a village
The first tools were provided to 30 villages in 2013, a further 38 villages have been provided with tools in 2014/15 at a cost to RAM of AUD$ 106,000. We have received a request from a further 81 villages for tools at an estimated cost of $142,000.
Each village is provided with the following tools at an average cost of $1,750:-Bush knives, brush knives, axes, flat files, spades, mattocks, metal rakes, crow bars and wheelbarrows.
Although further monitoring and evaluation needs to be done on the success of the program the feedback from the villages has been good with comments that they do not need to use bed nets as there are no mosquitos. We also know the program has been very successful in Isabel province where the incident of malaria is very minimal and malaria elimination programs are now underway.
Healthy Villages is supervised by PDG Wayne Morris OBE of the Rotary Club of Honiara. RAM hopes to introduce this program into other countries where we work as another tool in the strategy to eliminate malaria.