Isdell: Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative (IFCBMI)
The J.C. Flowers Foundation’s Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative (IFCBMI) is committed to malaria elimination through community mobilization along the shared borders of Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. IFCBMI aims to:
- Strengthen networks of community malaria volunteers and community health workers.
- Equip faith leaders to be champions for malaria elimination.
- Engage village headmen and other traditional leaders, schoolchildren and teachers, and existing community groups to address barriers to malaria elimination.
- Implement community action planning that is data-driven.
Since 2004, Isdell:Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative partners have worked with networks of local faith organizations and community volunteers, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, using strategies that are:
- Community-based, because people living in endemic communities are experts in local realities, and ultimately determine the success of malaria elimination efforts;
- Cross border, because parasites and mosquitoes do not respect national boundaries, and many families live on both sides and cross frequently;
- In partnership, because all are stronger when bringing out the best in each other and walking together as a community of scientists, local leaders, national governments, religious bodies, and multilateral and non-profit organizations; and
- Focused in “last mile” communities, which are often remote and economically poor, but where malaria elimination is essential.