Programme planning

 

Scouts against Malaria is an educational initiative which relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of healthy living for all . In addition through being a World Wide Movement, it facilitates how Scouts in one country such as the United Kingdom can help Scouts in other countries such as in sub Saharan Africa to serve their Communities by reducing the incidence of Malaria,

 

In planning a typical programme, one should aim to –

  • Introduce the topic

  • Undertake a set of activities related to age range

  • Discuss how we can help Scouts in other Countries to prevent the disease

 

Introducing the topic

Sitting in a circle, initiate a discussion about what is required to lead a healthy life

Consider why this is more difficult in tropical areas and what is known about malaria

Show one of the two videos which describes how malaria occurs and why malaria can be so deadly

How one can prevent being bitten by sleeping under a bed net.

 

Video links

Friends against malaria  [6+]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16plJGNvJX8

 

Peter Capaldi (Dr Who) visits the main hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi  [11+]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgsBbVbpi4g

 

Activities

Select a set of activities from Resources which groups like sixes or patrols can undertake to understand the nature of the disease and how it can be prevented.

If time permits create a framework of bamboo canes over which a bed net can be erected and challenge the group to enter the enclosure and ensure that there are no gaps into which a mosquito could enter.

 

Helping African Scouts

Discuss what Scouts in African countries are doing with financial help from UK Scout Groups.

Show one of the videos which describe a typical campaign

Discuss how your Section/Group could raise funds (suggest £5/head) to help African Scouts reduce the incidence of malaria.

 

Video links

What Scouts in Malawi are doing [11+]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0171fWxVpg&feature=youtu.be

 

What Scouts in Uganda are doing [6+]

https://www.facebook.com/scoutsagainstmalaria/videos/1302701579790027/

 

Resource box

A box with most of the resources can also be ordered  click here to go to order form

 

Typical programme for a Beaver Colony or Cub Scout pack 

Circle-  discuss how malaria occurs and why is it so deadly

  • why most tropical diseases cannot be vaccinated against  of which one is malaria

 

Explain that this evening we are going to learn something about this illness, how it can be prevented and consider we can do to help others so they do not catch malaria.

Video clip - Friends against malaria      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16plJGNvJX8

This video is suitable for younger persons and is told through the eyes of two friends one from Africa and one from the UK.  It explains what malaria is, how it is contracted, who is affected, symptoms and how it can be prevented. It can be used as a gentle way to introduce children to the idea of malaria.

Circle   -  discuss in which parts of Africa mosquitos are found

Team game – map of Africa – identify which countries suffer from malaria and which are safe by using coloured pencils

Individual – cut out the shape of a mosquito from card, add proboscis and balance it

Team game – mosquito drive –complete a mosquito by colouring in its parts through throwing a dice

Team activity – erect a mosquito net and getting everyone safely inside – requires making a framework from bamboo canes and hanging bed net from this frame

Circle – what Scouts in 4 African countries are doing and how UK Scouts are helping – what can we do to earn the Scouts against Malaria badge.

 activity                                  items

Video clip                             Projector, laptop

Where mosquitos found     Images, Maps of Africa,Coloured pencils

Balancing a mosquito         Cards with mosquito shape, Scissors, Toothpick, Blue tac,Self adhesive tape

Mosquito drive                    Mosquito outline, Dice

Erecting a bed net               Bed net, Bamboo canes, String, Scissors

How can we help                 SAM badge, Images

 

 

 

 

Typical programme for a Scout Troop or Explorer Unit 

 

Circle-  establish what they know about childhood diseases and vaccination;  why some illnesses cannot be vaccinated against  of which one is malaria

 

Discuss how malaria occur and why is it so deadly

 

Explain that this evening we are going to learn something about this illness, how it can be prevented and consider we can do to help others so they do not catch malaria

Video clip - Peter Capaldi (Dr Who) visits the main hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi  

[11+] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgsBbVbpi4g

The video above is suitable for older persons and is narrated by Peter Capaldi and illustrates vividly the impact of malaria.  It talks about malaria, and what can happen if someone is bitten and is unable to be treated in time and has a sad ending. Provides basis of what one can do to save a life

Circle   -  discuss inwhich parts of Africa mosquitos are found and why

Team game – map of Africa – identify which countries suffer from malaria and which are safe by using two coloured pencils

Team game – facts about malaria – consider which facts are true and which false or

Team game – transmission of malaria – consider how malaria is transmitted

Individual – assemblea mosquitofrom pipe cleaners

Team activity – erect a mosquito net and getting everyone safely inside – requires making a framework from bamboo canes and hanging bed net from this frame

Circle – what Scouts in 4 African countries are doing and how UK Scouts are helping – what can we do to earn the Scouts against Malaria badge.

        activity                                    items

Video clip                                   Projector, laptop

Where mosquitos found          Images, Map of Africa, Coloured pencils

Assemble a mosquito               Pipe cleaners

Facts about malaria                 Set of cards

Transmission of malaria            Set of cards

Erecting a bed net                    Bed net, Bamboo canes. String. Scissors

How can we help                      SAM badge, Images