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.
Jan 28, 2014

Update from malaria outreach to rural Sahon-rami

malaria outreach sahonrami
malaria outreach sahonrami

In December 2013, Preventing Childhood Malaria Deaths conducted a malaria prevention outreach in Sahon-rami, the village that could be considered as the birth place of the project in 2007. The setting was the community primary school, where the malaria team set up mobile clinic tents to receive and treat sick women and children who had earlier been told about the visit by the mobile clinic team.

At the end of the outreach, 198 children were treated for malaria using the standard artesunnate combination therapy (ACT). Also 82 nursing and pregnant mothers received targeted malaria prevention education, prophylaxis, treatment. Nursing mothers were also educated on how to recognize early symptoms and signs of malaria and on the need for sick children to receive prompt medical attention. This is particularly important because most of the deaths due to malaria among infants is due to delays in commencing treatment for such children. Thousands of young children who suffer acute attacks of malaria frequently develop complications such as anaemia and convulsions, because they do not receive prompt treatment, and such complications are usually the cause of their death.

We are very grateful to all our donors who support the work we do. We thank you very much for donating over and over again to this project. We are very grateful to you. Thank you for supporting the work we do. Your continued support to our work has been our biggest strength. On behalf of the communities we serve, we say thank you for all your support.

Oct 17, 2013

You made it possible for us to bring succour to vulnerable children in Tunga-magajia village

A mother & her child waiting for malaria treatment
A mother & her child waiting for malaria treatment

PSJ's mobile clinic team visited Tunga-magajia village, a remote rural settlement in Mashegu district. We had received an SOS from the community elders and community volunteers about the devastating impact of malaria on children residing in the village; this period (June - September) is the peak rainy season when malaria transmission, illness and death is highest among children. Located deep in the forest, Tunga-magajia village lacks any form of modern health facility. During the outreach, our team treated 154 children for malaria using artesunate combination therapy (ACT) which is recommended by World Health Organization. The malaria team also educated nursing mothers about the importance of environmental sanitation (clearing bushes around their houses and not leaving any standing objects that could collect stagnant water), and using insecticide treated nets as well as the absolute need to seek early treatment at the earliest suspicion of malaria (fever and or generalized body weakness), from the two resident community health volunteers who were trained by PSJ to offer simple first aid treatment to community members. Our outreach team also donated supplies of anti-malaria medicines to the community, which are now being managed by the trained community health volunteers.

Our efforts in these past three months would not have been possible without the support of our donors whose financial donations made it possible for us to procure medical supplies including anti-malaria medicines and pay for fuel costs for our vehicle to visit Tunga-magajia community. Your five, ten and 100 dollar donations have added up to make such a huge difference in the lives of dozens of these poor rural children. Your donations will save the lives of over 530 children, pregnant women this peak malaria season. On behalf of the communities we serve, we thank you for all your financial support.

Jul 8, 2013

Your donation made it possible to treated 186 children and 102 women for malaria in Mulo village

an infant receiving malaria treatment
an infant receiving malaria treatment

For the people of Mulo village, the third day of June 2013 was a day like no other as our mobile clinic team conducted a full day mobile clinic activities in their community. 52 percent of all sick children and 40percent of all pregnant women that were seen by health workers had confirmed diagnosis of malaria. The availability of Malaria Rapid diagnostic test kits made possible through our collaboration with the local health authorities enabled PSJ's medical team to accurately diagnose and confirm all suspected cases of malaria that presented during the mobile clinic outreach. A total of 186 children and 102 women with confirmed malaria diagnosis received the recommended Artesunate Combination Therapy (ACT) to treat their malaria. Also 42 pregnant women received malaria prophylaxis medicines. The prophylaxis will help save these expectant mothers from the nightmare of low birth weight babies.

 As the rainy season begins, so does malaria transmission rate increase. In this regard, the mobile team also conducted community sensitization on ways of preventing malaria with specific focus on behavior change and environment sanitation including clearing grasses and broken bottles, plastics or containers that could hold water from the vicinity of their houses. Villagers were educated on how malaria is transmitted, early clinical signs and symptoms, the role of female anopheles mosquitoes, the need for early diagnosis and treatment especially for infants, under-5 children and pregnant women as well as how mosquitoes that transmit malaria can be eliminated through environmental sanitation. The mobile clinic ended with a traditional dance by women of the village in appreciation of the work done by the mobile clinic team.

 On behalf of community members in Mulo village, we at PSJ express our deep and profound gratitude to all our donors who have contributed to this project. We know that you have donated over and over again to this project. You!, our donors, have brought hope to thousands of poor families in the communities we serve. Thank you for your generosity.

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