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Nov 15, 2018

One more outreach visit to Tegina village

Young children who received free LLINs
Young children who received free LLINs

In late October, PSJ’s community health team re-visited Tegina community. It was our team’s second outreach to Tegina community this year 2018.

Our outreach medical team included community physician, two community health workers, one HIV Testing and Counsellor, and a pharmacy technician. The malaria outreach focused on clinical consultations of sick children and pregnant mothers presenting with fever, distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINS), health education of caregivers about how to prevent malaria and detect danger signs of malaria, as well as distribution of vitamin A supplements and deworming medications to children.

With the aid of malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test Kit (RDT), all sick children and pregnant women who were suffering from malaria were properly diagnosed and put on treatment using artesunate combination therapy. In addition, the team distributed Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LL-ITNs) to pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under-five.

A total of 103 children and 23 pregnant women were tested for malaria using RDT kit, out of which 63 children and 15 pregnant women tested positive for malaria.  All who tested positive were treated with Artsemsinin Combination Therapy (ACT).  Also 123 LLINs was distributed to households having under-five children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. A total of 121 children received de-worming tablets. And 82 adults including (22 males and 60 females) were counselled and tested for HIV.

4-year old Abdul who was treated for malaria and also received Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LL-ITNs)ACT with his sister. His mother bears testimony to the life-saving impact of this malaria project in the life of her son, Abdul. Abdul's mother was full of thanksgiving to the malaria team and our donors for providing free malaria treatment for her son who had nearly succumbed to malaria. She was also full of gratitude for the LL-ITN given to her son Abdul. “if not for you people, where would I have gotten money to treat my sick son and also buy a mosquito net to protect him from further malaria attack”, exclaimed Abdul’s mother.

On behalf of the entire team, we express our special thank you to all our donors who have supported this project over the years. Your donations have enabled this project to sustain our campaign against malaria; the number one childhood killer disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. Your generosity has travelled to villages of last mile to touch the lives of children. Our team will continue to seek resources to expand our offensive beyond Mashegu to reach. Thank you for all your support.

On behalf of the children and people in all the communities we serve, we thank you for all your financial support to this project so far. We know you have donated over and over again to this project over the years. We are definitely inching closer to our target of drastically reducing death of children due to malaria. The LLINs that we distributed from your donations are working and are being deployed to thousands of households all over the communities that our project has reached with services.

 

Young children who received free LLINs
Young children who received free LLINs
Jun 18, 2018

Integrated malaria & medical outreach to Tegina community

Malaria outreach Tegina
Malaria outreach Tegina

In continuation of our malaria prevention and control activities, PSJ’s medical team visited Tegina, a rural community in the central district of Niger State.  The team conducted an integrated malaria and other endemic disease medical outreach. This outing was particularly important given that this is the period of rainy season with the resultant increase in the malaria vector (female anopheles mosquito) breeding sites that inevitably leads to more malaria cases and attacks among children and pregnant mothers.  Tegina being one of the poorly-resourced communities in rural niger State, continues to struggling with inadequate health care resources.  

During the outreach, over 650 community members received malaria prevention education, including environmental sanitation and the importance of sleeping under an insecticide treated net especially for under-five children and pregnant women who are most vulnerable to malaria attacks and malaria related deaths. With the assistance of the new Rapid Diagnostic Test technology, our team was able test and treat 160 children and 37pregnant women who tested positive for malaria. Our team also offered pregnant mothers malaria prophylaxis and treatment.

In addition, community members were also treated for other common ailments such as diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, typhoid fever and other common ailments.  Our team also distributed Vitamin A supplementation and deworming for all under-five children that presented during the outreach. Pregnant women and other community members (145 ) were also provided HIV testing and counselling services. It was a well synchronized package of malaria and other medical clinical services.

As the medical team rounded up activities on that day, we were wondering aloud how many more children would have succumbed to malaria attack in Tegina community without the support our donors who provide all the resources to sustain this malaria outreach project.  It was a day that will linger in the memory of Hadiza, the mother of 3year old Nasiru for a long time. She heard about the outreach through the village announcer and hurried to present Nasiru to the medical team on the day of the outreach. Nasiru had been very sick and having a running battle with recurrent episodes of high fever two days before he was presented to the outreach medical team. Young Nasiru tested malaria-positive using the rapid test, and was immediately commenced on a three-day therapy with artesunate combination therapy (ACT), without his mother paying a dime. He made a complete recovery two days later, as corroborated later by his mother.

Community members were full of gratitude for the free medicines and malaria testing. On behalf of the communities we serve, we express our sincere gratitude to all our donors who made financial contributions to this project so far. We know some of you have donated over and over again to this project. Gradually, we are inching towards achieving our overall goal.  

Feb 20, 2018

Another harmattan outreach in Kawo village

Pregnant women and children receiving ACT and ITN
Pregnant women and children receiving ACT and ITN

Within this reporting period, in December 2017, PSJ’s mobile health team revisited Kawo-Kontagora community and their vulnerable households with targeted malaria prevention education, prophylaxis, testing & treatment services, and insecticide treated nets distribution.  The outreach visit provided another opportunity for the malaria team to reinforce already delivered messages to families about ways of malaria prevention. Our health team continued to emphasize and educate families especially nursing mothers on how to recognize early symptoms and signs of malaria and on the need for sick children especially the under-five children to be taken to health facilities to receive prompt medical attention. This is particularly important because most of the deaths due to malaria among under- five children in the communities we serve are due to delays in instituting treatment for such children. Thousands of young children who suffer acute attacks of malaria frequently develop complications such as anaemia and convulsions, because they do not receive prompt treatment, and such complications are usually the cause of their death.

Our health team delivered health talk to the villagers on the importance of sleeping inside insecticide treated nets, which our team had already provided free of charge to most of the households during our previous visits. Pregnant women were educated on the dangers of malaria for themselves and their unborn babies, and had the opportunity to be tested for malaria using the rapid diagnostic test kit for malaria.  A total of 375 community members received health education, 62 nursing mothers and pregnant women had RDT tests and 50 ITNs were given out to nursing mothers and pregnant women. 42 sick children who tested positive to malaria were treated with artesunate combination therapy (ACT), while 34 pregnant women received antimalarial drug prophylaxis, administered by the  primary care physician who accompanied the mobile health team.  

Community members were very grateful to the team and our donors for remembering them once again, even as they expressed delight at the ITNs given to them free of charge. On behalf of these communities we serve, Physicians for Social Justice expresses our deep and profound gratitude to all our donors who have contributed to this project.  We know some of you have donated over and over again to this project. Your donations have saved thousands of lives, and just imagine how many more children would have died of malaria without your donation last year. Your donations added up to raise over $9000USD in support of our work in 2017.  May the year 2018 bring fulfilment and prosperity to all of you.

 
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