Project Mosquito Nets

 
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Feb 22, 2014

Results of A Follow-Up Study for Nets Distributed in September 2013

Power of Love Foundation’s (POL) Project Mosquito Nets program provides long lasting insecticide treated bed nets and education on prevention of malaria to women and children in Zambia. At the last distribution in September 2013, 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets were distributed to 920 families. The beneficiaries included women and children, people living with HIV/AIDS, TB patients, and pregnant mothers – segments of the population most vulnerable to malaria.

In December 2013, we reached out to beneficiary families to assess the impact of nets usage and to learn if the nets were being used as demonstrated during distribution activities. Here is a summary of our findings:

  1. The provision of 1000 nets benefitted 1476 people directly as each net was being shared by 2-3 small children or two adults.

  2. Out of the 1476 beneficiaries, only 31 people (24 children, and seven women) contracted malaria and were treated.

  3. As a result of the education on prevention of malaria and demonstrations prior to the distribution of nets, most beneficiaries (including older children) had increased knowledge of malaria, its signs and symptoms, how to prevent it, and about maintenance and usage of nets.

  4. Out of the 920 homes that were monitored, 116 households did not know that the nets can be re-treated every 6-12 months. In addition, 147 nets were mended as they were torn during use. These families have been educated on the proper use, maintenance, and re-treatment of nets.

  5. The health of all children has improved as seen by an improvement in their weight and CD4 counts. Out of the 200 HIV positive children in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program, 51showed an increase in their CD4 count and all (except three), maintained their weight and CD4 count.

  6. As a result of better health of the children, there was an improvement in school attendance and performance.

  7. We discovered that most of the nets had become dirty due to the smoke in the houses. The beneficiaries suggested that it would be better if the nets could be made in colors other than white in future. We have made a note and will send this suggestion to the supplier of our nets. 

Response of Beneficiary Families and Need for Nets: Net recipients are very happy with the mosquito bed nets and they hope that the distribution activities continue in 2014 and beyond. They informed us that more nets are needed as there are several hundred households in their community who cannot afford to purchase a net and are sleeping without one in an area where the incidence of malaria is high.

Request for Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in Spring 2014 and an additional 2000 nets in Fall 2014. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.

Thanks as always for your support and encouragement.

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Dec 30, 2013

Early Results of the Follow-Up Study on Nets Provided in September 2013

Power of Love Foundation’s (POL) Project Mosquito Nets program provides long lasting insecticide treated bed nets to women and children vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. As you know we were able to provide 1000 long lasting nets to families vulnerable to malaria last September. In order to assess the impact of nets usage and to learn if the nets were being used as demonstrated during distribution activities, we interviewed a few families last week. Here is a summary of our findings:

(i) Between September and December 15, 2013, only two children out of 200 children in our program contracted malaria.

(ii) None of the adults in our program contracted malaria.

(iii) Almost all beneficiary adults (approx. 96%) were knowledgeable about malaria prevention and were using the nets as demonstrated during the distribution activities. The recipients who were not aware about malaria prevention and proper use of nets were educated on these issues.

(iv) The health of all children has improved/stabilized as seen by an improvement in their weight and/or CD4 counts.

(v) There was an improvement in school attendance and performance.

(vi)  At the end of the conversation, our health care workers reminded the families to re-treat the nets after six months of use at the local clinic.

Response of Beneficiary Families and Need for Nets: Net recipients are very happy with the mosquito bed nets and they hope that the distribution activities continue in 2014 and beyond. They informed us that more nets are needed as there are several hundred households in their community who cannot afford to purchase a net and are sleeping without one in an area where the incidence of malaria is high.

Request for Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in the Spring of 2014 and an additional 2000 nets in Fall 2014. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.

Happy holidays and thanks for keeping the Zambian children malaria free.

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Dec 13, 2013

A Big Thank You and Happy Holidays

Power of Love Foundation’s Project Mosquito Nets program provides long lasting insecticide treated bed nets, education on prevention of malaria and proper use and maintenance of nets to families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. We would like to say a big “Thank You” for supporting this program. Please take a moment and treat yourself to this short video which was taken during our last field visit. The children had a lot of fun making origami birds and playing with them. We hope you enjoy the video as much as we do. 

                                                  THANK YOU 

Happy Holidays from the Power of Love Team

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Oct 17, 2013

A Report on the Distribution of Treated Mosquito Nets in Zambia

Power of Love Foundation’s (POL) Project Mosquito Nets program provides long lasting insecticide treated bed nets to women and children vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. We would like to say a big “Thank You” to you for supporting this program. With your support, we were able to provide 1000 insecticide treated nets to women and children vulnerable to malaria in Zambia in September 2013.

Profile of Beneficiaries: Nets were provided to 1000 families in the Matero township in Lusaka, Zambia. The Matero Township is densely populated and most of areas are water logged and have sewer ponds. Due to the high prevalence of malaria in this area, we have been providing nets in Zambia since 2009. Beneficiaries of the nets were children and families in Power of Love’s pediatric HIV/IDS care program, women vulnerable to malaria in Power of Love’s microloans program and vulnerable children who attend the safe park program and members of the community who are vulnerable to malaria. In order to reach the intended beneficiaries we involved several community organizations such as Churches, and government health clinics, to identify and distribute nets through their representatives.

A list of the organizations/beneficiaries with the number of nets provided is given below:

  1. Kapiri-Mposhi (a rural area in Zambia with a high incidence of malaria)   300
  2. Children and families in our pediatric HIV/AIDS care program                 350
  3. Women in our micro loans program                                                       80
  4. Families in the community of Matero (identified via Safe Park program)    65
  5. Health Clinics (including Government Clinics)                                         85
  6. Local Churches                   -                                                                75
  7. Community Organizations (e.g. Matero Police, Kwasha Mukwenu)            45

Total                                                                                                          1000

Most of the beneficiaries were children who are HIV positive, children under the age of five years, pregnant moms, women who are breast feeding, and HIV positive children, and adults who are infected with TB. These sections of the population are most vulnerable to malaria as their immune system is compromised due to their HIV positive status, and because co-infection rates between malaria, HIV and TB are very high.    

Distribution Activities: A few children played traditional Zambian games while waiting for the distribution activities to begin. Several local and Church leaders participated in the distribution activities. The distribution activities commenced with singing and dancing by the women and children present. This was followed by short plays about the benefits of using nets by teenage children. The area councilor for Lusaka, thanked the Matero Care Centre for organizing the event and the Power of Love Foundation and the Granny Connection for their support for this program. He said that he hoped that the provision of nets continues and thanked donors for supplementing the Goverments effort in the fight against malaria.A team from the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation video taped the event for inclusion in the national news. A Nurse from one of the local clinics provided a demonstration on the proper use and maintenance of nets. She emphasized the need of using a mosquito net every night as was the best way to prevent malaria. She encouraged the participants to retreat the nets every few months and especially when the government clinics provide this retreatment kits free of cost. Finally, the Nurse underscored the need of keeping the nets clean and how to store them to prevent damage when not in use.

Impact of the Distribution: Provision of bed nets and education on malaria prevention and proper use and maintenance of nets goes a long way in eradicating malaria from the community. As a result of this distribution of nets, and proper use by beneficiaries we expect to see a marked reduction in the incidence of malaria and an increase in school attendance. Also, a post-distribution study will be conducted to assess the impact of the nets on the incidence of malaria and to determine if the nets are maintained (treated with insecticide) and used as required.

Need for Nets: Follow-up interviews with nets recipients indicates that the nets distributed over the last 2-3 years, are in good condition and are being used for malaria prevention by the beneficiary households. However, more nets are needed as there are several hundred households who cannot afford to purchase a net and are without bed nets in Zambia.

Request for Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in the Spring of 2014 and an additional 1000 nets in Fall 2014. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.     

Thanks for your dedication to prevent malaria in Zambia.

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Jul 28, 2013

Next Distribution of Malaria Bed Nets in Zambia in September 2013

Power of Love Foundation’s (POL) Project Mosquito Nets program provides long lasting insecticide treated nets to women and children vulnerable to Malaria in Zambia. We would like to say a big “Thank You” for supporting this program. With your support, we were able to provide 1000 insecticide treated nets to women, children, and people living with HIV/AIDS in 2012. For a detailed report of the distribution activities click here.

Next Distribution of Nets: We are planning on distributing   1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets to women, children and people living with HIV/AIDS in September 2013. The distribution activities will include education on prevention of malaria, distribution of long lasting insecticide treated nets, and a demonstration regarding the proper use, treatment and maintenance of nets.

Impact of the Distribution: Provision of bed nets and education on malaria prevention and proper use and maintenance of nets goes a long way in eradicating malaria from the community and improving the health of HIV positive people and especially children. Beneficiaries of nets report a marked reduction in the incidence of malaria among adults and an increase in school attendance amongst children. 

Need for Nets: Follow-up interviews with nets recipients indicates that the nets distributed over the last 2 years, are in good condition and are being used for malaria prevention by the beneficiary households. These interviews also highlighted the need for more nets as there are several hundred households without bed nets in Zambia.

Request for Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in the fall of 2013 and an additional 1000 nets in Spring 2014. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.     

Thanks again for your dedication to keep families malaria free in Zambia.  

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Alka Subramanian

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San Diego, CA United States

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