Project Mosquito Nets

 
$19,984
$5,016
Raised
Remaining
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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Oct 24, 2012

A Report on Project Mosquito Nets

Distribution of 1000 Mosquito Bed Nets in Zambia in September 2012

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 2012. The distribution activities included a demonstration regarding the proper use, treatment and maintenance of nets, and education on prevention of malaria. The event was attended by community partners, the area councillor, and local leaders.

Profile of Beneficiaries: Nets were provided to 1000 families vulnerable to malaria. Most of the beneficiaries were children who are HIV positive, children under the age of five years, pregnant moms, women who are breast feeding, 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.      

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 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 again for your support and encouragement.

 

 

 

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Aug 3, 2012

Project Mosquito Nets - Next Distribution of Nets in Fall 2012

Project Mosquito Nets – Next Distribution of Nets in Zambia in Fall 2012

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 2000 insecticide treated nets to women and children vulnerable to Malaria in Zambia in 2011. For a detailed report of the distribution activities please visit http://poweroflove.org/project-mosquito-nets-launched-rural-zambia.

Next Distribution of Nets: In fall 2012, we will be distributing 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets to women and children vulnerable to malaria. The distribution activities will include a demonstration regarding the proper use, treatment and maintenance of nets, and education on malaria prevention.

 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. We expect to see a marked reduction in the incidence of malaria and an increase in school attendance due to: (i) lower infection rates will lead to higher school attendance, and (ii) people living with HIV/AIDS will be healthier as their immune system is not further compromised due to malaria.

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 2012 and an additional 1000 nets in Spring 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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Project Leader

Alka Subramanian

Founder/Director
San Diego, CA United States

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