Power of Love Foundation

Our Mission is: To turn back the tide of the global AIDS epidemic through innovative community responses that increase the effectiveness of prevention and care efforts. Our Vision is: A world where the AIDS epidemic is in continuous retreat, and people living with HIV/AIDS have access to loving care and treatment in an environment free of stigma and discrimination.
Mar 5, 2016

Impact of the Provision of Nets and Education on Malaria Prevention

Project Mosquito Nets, provides long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. The goal of this program is to keep vulnerable children and families free from malaria.

Impact of this Program 

In order to assess the impact of our malaria prevention program we interviewed 426 women beneficiaries last September. The goals of this study were to assess:

      i.            if the nets are being used every night,

     ii.            if the nets were maintained and stored as demonstrated during the malaria prevention day activities,

    iii.            if the beneficiaries had knowledge about re-treatment of nets, and

    iv.            if there was a decline in the incidence of malaria.

Results of the study: Based on our conversations with beneficiaries we concluded that:

(i) Nets are used every night. This is good as according to the World Health Organization, sleeping under a mosquito bed net is one of the most cost effective and easiest ways to prevent malaria.

(ii) Most beneficiaries have improved knowledge about the proper storage and maintenance of nets. Out of the 426 women interviewed, four did not know how to use the nets. These women were provided with another demonstration on the proper use and storage of nets. 

(iii) Most beneficiaries had information about re-treatment of nets which is required every six months and that this service is available free of cost via by Government agencies.

(iv) Each net is being used to sleep at least 2-3 children or two adults. This implies that our malaria prevention program benefits approximately 4000-6000 children or 4000 adults each year.

(v)  Most women had better knowledge about malaria prevention and symptoms of malaria.

(vi) Most nets were in good condition (not torn).

(vii) There is a reduced incidence of malaria in the community.

(viii) There are fewer missed days from school as a result of better health of the children.

Need for Nets

In Zambia: Follow-up interviews with nets recipients indicate that the nets distributed over the last 2-3 years are in good condition and are being used as directed. However, we need several thousand more nets as most residents of Matero cannot afford to purchase a net. The community of Matero, has a population of approx. 275,000 and most residents are poor (live on less than $2 per day) due to a high incidence of HIV and malaria, and unemployment rates upwards of 60%.

Globally: Globally, malaria is still a problem. There were an estimated 200 million cases of malaria and 600,000 deaths in 2013. Ninety percent of malaria deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa and malaria is the leading cause of death for children under five in Africa. Malaria continues to claim over 400,000 children every year even though it is easily preventable and treatable. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to malaria and it can be fatal for HIV+ pregnant women.

According to the World Health Organization, 90 percent of families with a bed net use it. However, in 2013 only 50% of families in sub-Saharan African slept beneath a mosquito bed net. This highlights a need to provide additional nets. Moreover, a decrease in the usage of nets can lead to a major insurgence of the disease and can reverse the gains achieved in preventing deaths due to malaria over the last several years.  

Request for funds for our next distribution of nets: At this time we are raising funds to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria before the next malaria season in 2016. A donation of $10 can prevent malaria for a family of four young children and two adults. Every little bit counts. Please donate generously as a family can be malaria free for just pennies per person.    

Thanks for your caring and dedication to keep children malaria free in Zambia. 

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Dec 13, 2015

A Big Thank You and Happy Holidays

The Power of Love team would like to wish you a very happy holiday season and express thanks for your caring, encouragement, and support throughout the year. Your support has given the gift of health to thousands of children growing up in a community with a high incidence of malaria, and HIV. With your support, we were able to

1. Reduce the incidence of malaria and HIV co-infection by 98%.

2. Provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria. These nets have benefitted approximately 3500 children and 2000 adults as one net can sleep two adults and 3-4 young children.   

As a result of the reduced incidence of malaria in our community, the children show an improvement in their health, they are able to attend school, and live close to normal lives. We could not have reached any of our goals without you.      

Plans for 2016: We are planning to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia next year.

Please take a moment and treat yourself to this short video in which our children are singing and playing a popular Zambian game called "Chiligogogogo chili paliwe". We are confident that this video will brighten your day. 

Have a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and laughter!

Thank you!

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Dec 13, 2015

A Big Thank You and Happy Holidays

The Power of Love team would like to wish you a very happy holiday season and express thanks for your caring, encouragement, and support throughout the year. Your support has given the gift of health and well-being to several hundred HIV+ children and their families in Zambia. Some of our key accomplishments over the last few years are:

1. Survival rate of 98% for HIV+ infants over a 10-year period

2. Zero new HIV infections: 97% of live births to HIV+ mothers are HIV-free.

3. Incidence of malaria co-infection reduced by 98%.

Plans for 2016: We are planning to add 50 HIV+ children to our pediatric HIV care program, bringing the total number of children to 300. The 50 new children (and the 250 children currently on the program) will receive food, medicines and a package of life saving health care services. In addition, primary caregivers of each child will receive training in caring for an HIV+ child so that the child is under the care of a trained caregiver 24/7. As a result of this continuous quality care, all children show an improvement in health so that they can attend school and live close to normal lives.      

We would not have reached our goals without you. Please take a moment and treat yourself to this short video in which our children are singing and playing a popular Zambian game called "Chiligogogogo chili paliwe". We are confident that this video will brighten your day. 

Have a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and laughter!

Thank you!

                  

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