Project Mosquito Nets

 
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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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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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Alka Subramanian

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San Diego, CA United States

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