Help us provide 4000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria and proper use and maintenance of nets to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. Each net can sleep up to four young children or two adults and can prevent malaria -the number one killer of children in Africa. Using these nets leads to improved health of the recipients, and higher school attendance and performance for the children. To date more than 16,000 nets have been provided.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In Africa, over 700,000 children die every year from Malaria which is a disease that is easily preventable. In Zambia, a large percentage (30-50%) of the population is infected by Malaria due to the high incidence of HIV (weakens the immune system), and water logging (provides perfect conditions for mosquito larvae). Further, children who contract malaria suffer from its effects over their entire lifetime. Our project will provide bed nets & education on prevention to 5000 children, and families
How will this project solve this problem?
Our goal is to distribute 4,000 long lasting insecticide treated nets in 2014 and save lives of thousands of children under five years of age, HIV positive children, expecting moms, people living with HIV, people infected with TB, and older people who are the most vulnerable to Malaria. Along with the nets we provide education on prevention of Malaria and proper use and maintenance of nets. The use of these nets leads to improved health for all & higher school attendance and performance
Potential Long Term Impact
As a result of this program, there will be a significant improvement in the health of all recipients especially young children and expecting mothers - the two groups most vulnerable to Malaria. As the health of the children improves, they can continue to attend school and the women can take better care of their families. In the long term we will see a reduction in the incidence of malaria, higher school attendance and performance and a community that is educated on prevention of malaria.
Total Funding Received to Date: $20,417
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,583
Total Funding Goal: $25,000