Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes
We are at the very early stages of the project and things have started well. We have already identified 2 of the target 26 private international sponsors and all 26 villages where we plan to deploy new village malaria workers have been identified. The target population to be covered by the new VMWs is 18033 people. The national scheme already has over 1000 VMWs but the funding is renewed on a roughly triennial basis. This small scheme will be useful to pilot long-term sustainable funding solutions and also to explore ways to encourage local and national sponsorship. We will start by expanding the scheme in a province already included in the national scheme with 6 new villages. This will allow us to take advantage of the training and reporting infrastructure already in place in this province. Also 20 villages have been identified in a province currently without VMWs.
The whole team will get together in Cambodia in early October to discuss the website design and smart phone technology aspect of the project. We will also visit our two VMWs and take some photos for the website and other publicity purposes. With the website up and running, a few team members will take advantage of their presence at the ASTMH meeting in November this year to publicise the scheme and recruit more sponsors.