Physicians for Social Justice (PSJ)

PSJ's mission is to promote community health, as well as support underserved rural communities to realize their highest attainable standard of health. This mission is borne out of our strong conviction that physicians have a crucial role to play toward the realization of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals(MDGs), especially in regard to those goals related to health.

community demostration session on use of ITN

community demostration session on use of ITN
Photo from Progress Report 'Malaria project update from the field; Mullo village' (view small | med | large | orig)

Women line up to receive Insecticide Treated Nets

Women line up to receive Insecticide Treated Nets
At Sabon-rijia village, pregnant women and nursing mothers line up to receive ITNs from PSJ malaria team. ITNs are lifesaving for children and pregnant women as they have been shown to reduce malaria deaths by up to 30%. On this day, hundreds of women got ITNs made possible through donations made to PSJ via the Global Giving Foundation Website. (view small | med | large | orig)

A nursing receiving ITN at Faje village

A nursing receiving ITN at Faje village
Malaria accounts for ove 50% of all outpatient attendance in rural Mashegu and accounts for more 30% of infant mortality. As cthe impact of climate change becomes more apparent, there is no doubt that favourable breeding grounds for malaria vectors will become available. Part of the climate change mitigation include the availability of ITNs to communities who will be most negatively impacted by climate change. (view small | med | large | orig)

A nursing mother receiving Insecticide treated net

A nursing mother receiving Insecticide treated net
Young infants are particularly vulnerable to malaria. Malaria deaths are highest among them. However the use of ITNs can have a dramatic impact in disease burden among them. A $10 dollar worth of ITN is a priceless gift that can often make the difference between life and death for these infants. (view small | med | large | orig)

PSJ physician attending to an infant in rural Mash

PSJ physician attending to an infant in rural Mash
Early diagnosis and treatment of malaria is crucial to reducing childhood deaths due to malaria. Part of PSJ strategy is to seek out children who are the most vulnerable population. Services of them include prophylaxis and prompt treatment with artemisin combination therapy (ACT). This has proven to be lifesaving for hundreds of children in underserved communities in rural Mashegu. (view small | med | large | orig)

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