For Nets Distribution in Rural Zambia in September 2010
In September 2010, as a result of a grant received from the Against Malaria Foundation (www.againstmalaria.org) , the Power of Love Foundation provided 1300 long lasting insecticide treated nets to people vulnerable to Malaria in Kapri-Mposhi (a rural area) in Zambia. Kapiri Mposhi is a small town in Zambia, located about 185 kms north of the capital city of Lusaka. Mosquito nets were distributed to people living in the Ndeke compound in Kapiri-Mposhi, and this compound has a population of 9360 people and 2722 households. The reason Ndeke compound was chosen was because its population is at high risk and vulnerable to Malaria, and too poor to afford bed nets. In addition, the government has been unable to provide free nets to the people here. Lastly, a high prevalence of HIV makes the population at a higher risk for malaria as their immune system is compromised. At the distribution in September 2010, 1300 people in the Ndeke compound in Kapiri-Mposhi were provided with nets and the number of direct beneficiaries was 2600 (as 1 net has 2 sleeping spaces). Distribution of nets took place between on September 10, 11 and 12, 2010 to comfortably accommodate all 1300 direct beneficiaries. At the event, beneficiaries were provided with a demonstration on the proper treatment, use and set up and maintenance of the mosquito nets and educated on malaria prevention.
Post Distribution Survey
A post-distribution survey was conducted in November/December 2010 to assess the impact of the nets distribution in September 2010. A copy of the questionnaire used is given in Annex 1. Staff from a local NGO in Kapiri-Mposhi interviewed 150 beneficiaries and the findings are as follows:
Based on the above observations we can conclude that the nets are being used effectively by the beneficiaries and that it is possible to reduce the incidence of malaria in Kapiri-Mposhi, Zambia.
Learnings from this study
Some of the learnings of this study were:
We are thankful to Against Malaria Foundation for partnering with us so that we could make this distribution event happen. The distribution of 1300 nets to 2600 people will go a long way in reducing the incidence of Malaria in Kapiri-Mposhi, Zambia. We hope to make this an annual event so that we can continue to educate people on malaria prevention and distribute nets. This should lead to the desired impact of eradicating malaria from this area.
Annex 1 -Post- Distribution Survey Questionnaire
A. Questions for the beneficiaries (after being asked to show the net received):
B. Questions for the Clinic
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