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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