Malaria Consortium

Catholic Relief Service

ACCESS-SMC through the lens

Have you ever wondered what a campaign to deliver over 15 million SMC treatments to over 3 million children, across 7 countries looks like?

The videos below will give you a glimpse into what it is like to roll out such a large scale project, aiming to save the lives of over 6 million children.

During several visits to ACCESS-SMC teams in Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria, we captured what this project means to families and communities. Talking to doctors and local government representatives we were able to understand what the contribution of the ACCESS-SMC project means for the strengthening of local health systems, while feedback from National Malaria Control Programs allowed us to understand the breath of oxygen that SMC can be for developing nations in the Sahel.

To watch the films, please see below... 

FILM 1: Bringing Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention to the Sahel

The impact of malaria is devastating in the Sahel and children under five are the most vulnerable to its effects.

This video introduces the ACCESS-SMC project, illustrating the different stages of roll out and implementation. The people interviewed for this film discuss the successes to date of the project and highlight the remaining challenges, such as the need to further scale up and develop a dispersible formulation of the SMC drugs.

FILM 2: Protecting those most at risk of malaria in the Sahel

In this film, we hear from those who benefit from the ACCESS-SMC project. Zakariya explains what it is like to suffer from malaria while Salamatu, mother of 8, talks to us about the relief she feels now that she knows that her children are protected from malaria this rainy season.

FILM 3: Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention: A promising investment for the Sahel

Malaria is devastating for families and nations alike. Not only does it affect child development, it hinders economic development and acts as an enormous strain to the countries' health system. This film highlights that, when the burden of malaria is lifted, affected countries are given the chance to prosper.

FILM 4: Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention: Relieving the burden of malaria in the Sahel

In this video we hear from community volunteers and health workers who explain the impact of malaria on the community. 

Mother of 3 year old Umma, Shefahatu explains what happens when the ACCESS-SMC community health workers come to her house to administer the SMC drugs and talks about what this project means for the community.