Introduction: Power of Love Foundation’s, 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 June 2014 and will be providing an additional 1000 nets and education on malaria in August 2014.
Profile of Beneficiaries: Nets were provided to 1000 families in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia. This compound is one of the largest and poorest in Lusaka with a population of around 80,000-90,000. Many parts of Matero are water logged and have sewer ponds, leading to a high prevalence of malaria and hence the need for malaria prevention via nets.
In order to identify and distribute nets to the intended beneficiaries we worked with several community organizations such as Churches, government health clinics, and other representative organizations. Beneficiaries were HIV positive children, children under the age of five, pregnant women, women who are breast feeding, and adults who are infected with TB/HIV. These sections of the population are most vulnerable to malaria as the immune system of people living with HIV is compromised, 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. The distribution activities commenced with singing and dancing by the women and children present. This was followed by dances by school children from the community. Several local and Church leaders participated in the distribution activities. The event was attended by Mrs. Malumo sister in-charge of Matero main Clinic, Rev. Phaika from Presbyterian Church Matero Congregation, Mr. Simusosha from Ward Development committee (he is the chair person in charge of CBOs in Matero), Mrs. Nkazwe from the Lusaka City Council, and Power of Love representatives.
Power of Love Foundation's, Project Nurse provided education on malaria prevention. He emphasized the importance of sleeping under a net every night as this is the most effective way to prevent malaria, and explained how to use and maintain (cleaning and storage) a net to prevent damage. In addition, he explained drainage and maintenance activities around the home, and filling and removal of breeding sites. Finally, he explained the importance of retreating nets every six months. This could be done during the Child Health Weeks held in June and December each year. The Nurse also underscored the need for keeping nets clean and stored properly.
This was followed by a demonstration on the proper use and maintenance of nets by a Nurse from one of the government clinics. She encouraged the participants to retreat the nets every few months and especially since the government clinics provide retreatment kits free of cost. Finally, the Nurse underscored the need for keeping 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 goes a long way in eradicating malaria from the community. As a result of past distributions, we are seeing very few cases of malaria among children in our paediatric HIV/AIDS care program and a reduction in the incidence of malaria in our community. We will continue to conduct a post-distribution study to assess the impact of nets on the incidence of malaria and on the health of the beneficiary families. This study will assess: if the nets are being used every night, if the nets are being used and stored properly, if the nets are retreated every six months, and the health of the beneficiary families.
We expect to see a marked reduction in the incidence of malaria and an increase in school attendance due to improved health of the children.
Need for Nets: Follow-up interviews with nets recipients indicates that nets distributed over the last 2-3 years, are in good condition and are being used as directed. However, we need several thousand more nets as a majority of households cannot afford to purchase a net and are without bed nets in our community and in Zambia.
Next Distribution of Nets: We will be providing an additional 1000 nets and education on malaria prevention in August 2014.
Request for Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in the Spring of 2015 and an additional 1000 nets in Fall 2015. 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 Africa.
Happy Mother's Day! This Mother's day, give a gift of health to a family in Zambia. Our malaria prevention program provides long lasting insecticide treated bed nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. Your ongoing support has helped in keeping children malaria free, healthy and in school.
Impact of Usage of Mosquito Bed Nets on Children's' Health
Over the last four years, we were able to provide 4800 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families in Zambia. These nets were used by an estimated 9600 children (as each net can sleep up to four young children) and 4800 adults (as each net can sleep two adults). Nets are provided to people who are vulnerable to malaria; for example, people living with HIV, older people, expecting moms, young children, and people with TB. Use of bed nets has led to a marked improvement in the health of all beneficiaries but the impact on the health of young children has been greater. This is because malaria can have severe consequences on the health of younger children whose bodies have yet to develop the strength to fight the disease. In addition, malaria can be fatal for a child who is malnourished and HIV positive. Also, bed nets can save lives of pregnant women as malaria can be fatal for a HIV positive pregnant women. Finally, people living with HIV are three times as likely to suffer from malaria, as compared to a person who is HIV negative.
Need For Nets: The need for several thousand more nets is ongoing for the following reasons: (i) in low income areas in Zambia, there are several water logged areas/sewers which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes, (ii) due to an unemployment rate upwards of 67%, the residents of our community are not able to afford a net, and (iii) a high rate of HIV incidence increases their vulnerability to malaria.
At this time we are raising funds to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) before the start of the next malaria season in Zambia. Please donate generously to help save lives. A donation of $10 will provide two nets that can prevent malaria for a family of two adults and 3-4 small children.
Thanks for your support.
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:
The provision of 1000 nets benefitted 1476 people directly as each net was being shared by 2-3 small children or two adults.
Out of the 1476 beneficiaries, only 31 people (24 children, and seven women) contracted malaria and were treated.
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.
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.
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.
As a result of better health of the children, there was an improvement in school attendance and performance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy Holidays from the Power of Love Team
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