Project Mosquito Nets

 
$18,738
$1,262
Raised
Remaining
Jun 15, 2013

Do Mosquito Bed Nets Impact Children's Health in Zambia?

Happy Father's Day! This Father's day give a gift of health to a dad in Zambia. Your donation will go a long way in keeping children malaria free, healthy and in school. A donation of $10 will provide education on prevention of malaria and two bed nets (that can sleep two adults and four young children) to a family in Zambia.

Project Mosquito Nets provides education on prevention of malaria and long lasting insecticide treated nets to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. Segments of the population that are particularly vulnerable to malaria and for whom malaria could be fatal include: children under five years, older people, pregnant women, people living with HIV, and people who have TB. Children and adults who have HIV/AIDS are more likely to experience severe malaria requiring hospitalization and the risk of death. An added complication is that co-infection rates between HIV, malaria, and TB are high. 

Impact of Usage of Malaria Bed Nets on Children's' Health

Over the last three years, we were able to provide 3800 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. The nets were used by an estimated 4000 children (as each net can sleep up to four young children) and 2500 adults (as each net can sleep two adults). For a short video on the distribution day activities click here. To learn more about our malaria prevention program in Zambia click here. 

Usage of the mosquito 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 much greater. This is because malaria can have severe health 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, the use of bed nets has prevented pregnant women from contracting malaria in our community. This is very encouraging as malaria can be fatal for 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 of mosquitoes, (ii) due to an unemployment rate upwards of 67%, the residents of the community are not able to afford a net, and (iii) a high rate of HIV incidence increases their vulnerability to malaria.

Request for Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in fall 2013. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.   

The recipients of nets hope that this program continues in 2013 and beyond and would like us to convey their thanks to donors.

Thanks again for your support for this program.



 

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May 10, 2013

Mosquito Bed Nets and Children's Health in Zambia

Happy Mother's Day!  This Mother's day give a gift of health to a mom in Zambia. Your donation will go a long way in keeping children malaria free, healthy and in school. A donation of $10 will provide education on prevention of malaria and two bed nets (that can sleep two adults and four young children) to a family in Zambia.

Impact of Usage of Malaria Bed Nets on Children's' Health

Over the last three years, we were able to provide 3800 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. The nets were used by an estimated 4000 children (as each net can sleep up to four young children) and 2500 adults (as each net can sleep two adults). Usage of the mosquito 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 much greater. This is because malaria can have severe health 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, the use of bed nets has prevented pregnant women from contracting malaria in our community. This is very encouraging as malaria can be fatal for 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 of mosquitoes, (ii) due to an unemployment rate upwards of 67%, the residents of the 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 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) before the start of the next malaria season in Zambia. Please donate generously to  help save lives. To learn more about our malaria prevention program in Zambia click here.   

Thanks again for your continued support for this program.

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Mar 21, 2013

Stories of children who are Malaria Free and in School as a result of Sleeping under a Net

Project Mosquito Nets provides education on prevention of malaria and long lasting insecticide treated nets to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. Segments of the population that are particularly vulnerable to malaria and for whom malaria could be fatal include: children under five years, older people, pregnant women, people living with HIV, and people who have TB. Children and adults who have HIV/AIDS are more likely to experience severe malaria requiring hospitalization and the risk of death. An added complication is that co-infection rates between HIV, malaria, and TB are high.  

Over the last few years we have seen that as a result of sleeping under a net, the incidence of malaria has been reduced, and school attendance has increased due to improved health of the children. For a short video on the distribution day activities click here. To learn more about our malaria prevention program in Zambia click here.  Given below are stories of two children who have been successful in preventing malaria, are attending school and are living close to normal lives.

Nelly: Nelly is a 10 year old HIV positive fourth grader. She lives with her grandmother in a household with 14 people as she lost her parents to AIDS. Nelly's grandmother received a long lasting insecticide treated net last September and since then both Nelly and her grandmother have been sleeping under a net. As a result, Nelly has been malaria free and is attending school regularly. We hope to provide nets to all members in Nelly's household at the next distribution.

Grace:  Grace is 13 years old, HIV positive and is on ARV medication. She takes her medication regularly and on time as she understands the importance of adhering to the medication regimen.  Grace is a bright young girl who loves school and all her classes. Her parents (also HIV positive) received nets from our program and since then the three of them have been malaria free. Since, Grace's family is HIV positive they are at increased risk of malaria (as their immune system is compromised) and the protection provided by anti-malarial treatment is also lower. Grace and her parents are grateful for the nets and for the existence of Project Mosquito Nets in their neighborhood.

Need For Nets: The need for several thousand more nets is ongoing for the following reasons:

(i) In areas like Chunga and Zingaluma there are several water logged areas/sewers which are breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

(ii) Due to an unemployment rate upwards of 67%, the residents of the community are not able to afford a net. In addition, a high rate of HIV incidence increases their vulnerability to malaria.

Request for Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in fall 2013. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.   

The recipients of nets hope that this program continues in 2013 and beyond and would like us to convey their thanks to donors.

Thanks as always for your support for this program.

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Feb 7, 2013

Conversations with Beneficiaries of Malaria Nets

Conversations with Beneficiaries of Malaria Nets Distributed in September 2012 - Part 2

Since the last distribution of 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets in September 2012, we have been in contact with the recipients of nets and have had several conversation with them so that we can increase the effectiveness of our malaria prevention program in Zambia. For a short video on the distribution day activities click here. To learn more about our malaria prevention program in Zambia click here. A summary of our continuing dialogue with beneficiaries of nets is given below.

Information gathered from beneficiaries of nets:

In Jan 2013, our Project Nurse and health care workers, had conversation with 54 beneficiaries who received nets in September 2012. In addition, to the information provided in our last report, we learnt that:

1. A net is large enough that four children under five years of age or 2 adults can sleep under it. This implies that two nets are effective in preventing malaria for six people in the household and hence the most effective use of donor funds. 

2. The use of mosquito nets has reduced the incidence of malaria in the community of Matero. This has been attributed to the use of nets and the spraying of insecticides in the water logged areas by the local government agencies. The biggest impact of the use of nets has been on the improved health of young children. Malaria can have severe health consequences on the health of a young child - a poor diet and a positive status aggravates the problem .

3. The provision of mosquito nets has led to an increase in school attendance. Almost all families confirmed that their children's health had improved significantly after sleeping under a net.

4. We were happy to learn that between June and December 2012, there were no reported cases of malaria amongst pregnant women in the community of Matero. This is very encouraging as malaria can be fatal for HIV positive pregnant women.

5. People living with HIV are three times as likely to suffer from malaria, as compared to a person who is HIV negative. The use of bed nets and ARV medication has gone a long way in prolonging the life span of HIV positive children and adults. The results for people with TB are similar.   

Challenges Faced: Some of the challenges faced in the field are:

(i) Recipients of nets have enough information on the use of the nets but they have limited space as the same room is used as a bedroom during the night and a sitting room during the day. This implies that they have to hang the net before sleeping every night and remove it the next day.

(ii) Some of the nets are being used to keep away flies during the day.

(iii) Most beneficiaries wash the nets with normal washing powder when the nets get dirty and do not re-treat them with insecticide after washing. We are continuing to educate the people on the proper maintenance, washing and recommended frequency for re-treatment with insecticide.

Need For Nets: The need for nets for several thousand more nets is ongoing for the following reasons:

(i) In areas like Chunga and Zingaluma there are several water logged areas/sewers which are breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

(ii) Due to an unemployment rate upwards of 67%, the residents of the community are not able to afford a net. In addition, a high rate of HIV incidence increases their vulnerability to malaria.

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

To Sum: All beneficiaries interviewed are happy with the receipt of nets, and the activities organized on distribution day like demonstration of the proper use, maintenance, and re-treatment of nets. In addition, we provide ongoing health education during home visits. The recipients of nets hope that this program continues in 2013 and beyond and would like us to convey their thanks to donors.

Thanks again for your support for this program.

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Dec 28, 2012

Conversations with Beneficiaries of Malaria Nets

          Conversations with Beneficiaries of Malaria Nets Distributed in September 2012

We would like to wish our friends and supporters a Very Happy and Peaceful New Year.  With encouragement and support from you, Project Mosqutio Nets continues to provide education on prevention of malaria and long lasting insecticide treated nets to families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. To learn more click here.

Impact of the Distribution of Nets in September: Three months after the nets were distributed our Project Nurse had conversations with several families regarding the impact of the nets on their household. Here is what we learnt.

1. Most of the families who received nets live in areas which are densely populated, have a high incidence of HIV/AIDS, and have areas that are breeding grounds for mosquitoes due to standing water (such as the George compound, Chungwa and Chingwere areas).

2. The average household size is about 8-9 people and they share 1-2 rooms and a small kitchen area. Since space is limited one of the challenges is to store the nets properly during the day as the sleeping area is used as a living room during the day. This means that they hang the nets at night but then have to take them down every morning.

3. On average 2-3 people are sleeping under one net. This implies that one net can prevent malaria 2-3 people.

4. All of the families we chatted with have been malaria free since they received the nets as they are using and maintaining the nets as demonstrated during the distribution event.

5. The nets have prolonged the life span of HIV positive children and adults, as people living with HIV are three times as likely to suffer from malaria, as compared to a person who is HIV negative. In addition, malaria can be fatal in cases of women who are expecting a child and are HIV positive.

6. All the beneficiaries interviewed are happy with the receipt of nets, hope that this program continues in 2013 and beyond and would like us to convey their thanks to donors.

To Sum: The program has been received with a lot of enthusiasm in Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia. This is proven by the fact that there is huge crowd on the day of the distribution and we have to take the help of the local police to maintain peace and order during the distribution activities. 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 are seeing a marked reduction in the incidence of malaria and an increase in school attendance. However, several thousand more nets are needed as there are several thousand 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 Spring of 2013 and an additional 1000 nets in Fall 2013. 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 support and encouragement.

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Alka Subramanian

Founder/Director
San Diego, CA United States

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