Mosquito Nets - Bunsanga Community School
World Malaria Day takes place every year on April 25th. The theme for 2021 is 'Reaching the Zero Malaria Target'.
According to the World Health Organisation: 'Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of these countries reported zero indigenous malaria cases in 2020, while others made impressive progress in their journey to becoming malaria-free.'
The Butterfly Tree’s aim is to support the WHO’s goals for 2030:
- Reducing malaria case incidence by at least 90%
- Reducing malaria mortality rates by at least 90%
- Eliminating malaria in at least 35 countries
- Preventing a resurgence of malaria in all countries that are malaria-free
The Butterfly Tree, working with the Ministry of Health in Zambia, selects areas where malaria is most prevalent and aims to provide universal coverage in each community. Insecticidal coating, larviciding and mosquito nets provide maximum coverage.
In addition, a Medical Aid Film Company and The Butterfly Tree have teamed together to tackle malaria in Zambia. Combining educational knowledge and practical experience from many years of working at grass root level in Africa, we believe that we can help in the fight against malaria by eradicating it at the source. The Butterfly Tree has handed over the animated Medical Aid film on ‘How to prevent malaria’ to the Kazungula District Health Office. The video is now one of their main resource tools and is being used for training and education purposes in rural health centres and health posts, throughout the District.
This month we are distributing 850 mosquito nets as part of our 'mosquito nets for schools' programme, whereby each pupil and teacher takes possession of their own net, after which monitoring and evaluation will be done. We have also donated safe insecticidal coating and larvicide to Moomba Chiefdom which has seen an increase of malaria cases this year. The most likely reason for the increase is the health authorites delay in distributing internventions as COVID-19 took precendence over other health matters.
Once the inside of dwellings in Moomba have been painted and larvicide placed in areas of stagnant water a significant reduction of malaria cases is expected. As further funding becomes available we can protect more children against malaria in areas where the disease is most prevalent.
A mosquito nets costs just £6 or $9 and could save a child's life.