We are glad that we are still striving to save children from malaria in Ghana. This is not an easy issue for us as it now stands. We are short of funding to get the nets in whole sale and is currently relying on retail prices which is not economical due to the low budget we have.
A net is now costing a little over $10 over the counter.
Another issue which has been brought to our attention is that the health insurance cards which we did for over 200 children need renewal. Most of the mothers has approached us asking if we are doing renewal process. The card which is valid for five years is renewable yearly. As a result some of the mother with expired cards ar now turning to traditional remedy, which is not advisable in all cases.
Nonetheless, last month. Eight mothers in Cape Coast were issued insecticide treated nets in the Bakanoo community. Mercy, a mother of two, express her excitement that she had been praying for enough money to get a bed net. She stays close to the Fosu Lagoon, a huge breeding ground for mosquito. She went on, in the night, there is no way one can even sit outdoors for cool breeze when it is hot inside and the burning of mosquito insecticide coils at night when sleeping is giving the children and I block nose and some mornings, headache.
We are still appealing for your continuous support in reducing malaria not only in Ghana but Africa.
I am glad to inform you that our life saving malaria program has been extended to the Northern region of Ghana. Currently I am in Yong, a village located about one hour drive from the regional capital Tamale. It is a village with a little under 500 in population. Currently about 20 mothers has been identified with babies under three months who are not sleeping under treated bed nets. These mothers will each receive a bed net by the end of next week. There are cultural and customary norms which I have to adhear to as distribution continues. Please follow us on Facebook as the distribution and installation continues.
These mothers place cloth at the door mouth to stop mosquito from entering but which is not a good method. Other mothers spoken told said that they are awaiting the raining season which comes in three months time, by then there is a certain plant which grows that produce a scent offensive to mosquito. Some mothers said the plant smells bad and will not be using it.
In the past, the government did supply nets but they are currently worn out and discarded.
In the coming weeks a malaria awareness program will be carry out and additional nets distributed.
I am currently buying the nets by retail price which is very costly.
I am therefore appealing to current and new donors to help with substantial amount so that we can be able to reach out to many mothers like these in the surrounding villages.
I have three more months in the North and hope to extend most of our programs in these communities.
Lets join hands in reaching the mark of 1000 children!!!!!
Since we started giving out free bed nets and registering the children of the Amanful community under the National Health Insurance Scheme, we are proud to announce to you that there has been no child death in the community! The infection rate has also droped!
This is a fight we are determine to win, but note that we can not do this alone. We need your help! Still!!!
More funds for acquiring more nets are not forthcoming. Currently as this is been typed, there are eight new young mothers who have registered to receive free bed net from us. Their babies is at risk as they currently do not sleep under treated bed net.
In addition, other child related illness like chicken pox, measles etc are still rampant and accessing treeatment for children who are yet to be register under the National Health Insurance Scheme is proving difficult for the mothers who continously come to our office asking when is the next batch of registration.
We are thereofre appealing to all donors, present and future, to come to the aid of these mothers and their children. We can not do this alone, as together we can make it.
December is the month for giving. One reason could be that it is the end of the year and people seem to look over how they strive and then donate. Others get in the spirit of Christmas thus leading to giving. Whatever the reason is for the jump in giving during the holidays, one thing which Hoops Care International launched was “Gift that saves”
What best way can we give gifts to our community but making sure that it will be a gift that saves life. Therefore, during the Christmas holidays, starting on Christmas day itself we embark on giving life saving mosquito nets to single mothers living in three communities, namely, Amanful, Brofredu and Jejanu, all located on the coastal shores of Cape Coast. A total of 50 bed nets were given mainly to babies who were three months or younger.
Most of the mothers did admit that it was the best gift they have received. Akua, a sixteen year old single mother, who sleeps on the porch of a good Samaritan openly express her joy for finally getting a net. She expressed how she and her two month old babies were vulnerable to mosquito bites.
A short survey during the distribution also brought to our attention a decrease in the rate of mothers taking their children to the clinic for malaria related illness. All the mothers who have previously received bed nets from us stated that they have not been to the hospital except for their normal weighing of their children.
Our goal of zero malaria infection in Amanful is hopefully showing its fruits as we encourage the mothers to continue to make sure that they and their babies sleep under treated bed nets.
NHIS CARDS ARRIVES!!!
After three months of waiting, which is the usual time it takes to process the National Health Insurance Scheme card, it finally arrived in the office. In no time, we had a full house as most of the mothers came in to claim their child/ward cards. Click to see video.
250 children were register in the initial mass registration which took place in the Amanful Community in November. The card is valid for five years to be renewed each year. We are so happy for these children as their mothers no longer have to worry about funds to be able to get good health care for their children.
We would like to take this time to thank all the donors and would be donors of this program as we hope to reach our goal and hopefully increase the number of children under the “Save 1000 Children At Risk of Malaria” Campaign.
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