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Jun 20, 2020

Returning to our root: Sahon-rami malaria outreach

LLIN demostration rural Mashegu
LLIN demostration rural Mashegu

In this first quarter of 2020, PSJ’s Malaria Prevention Project continued outreach activities in rural Mashegu. In this report, we especially highlight outreach activities implemented in Sahon-rami village, which happens to be the birthplace of the project in 2008.

25year old Sefiya, mother of three, who resides in Sahon-rami, is one of the project beneficiaries during one of the recent outreaches which targeted at least 300 vulnerable households in the community. Being an expectant mother, she received twoLong-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) for herself and her two-year old daughter. For her, the LLINs are invaluable to her health, that of her unborn baby and that of her little daughter. The last LLIN she received from the team was about four years ago and it is torn on multiple points and could no longer protect her and her child from mosquito bites, that could result in malaria. Her daughter has had at least two episodes of malaria attacks within the past 3 months due to repeated exposure to mosquito bites. She dreaded the onset of this year’s rainy season when malaria transmission usually peaks. Her worries and anxiety were dramatically answered when PSJ’s malaria team showed up in her village, as she became the owner of two brand new LLINs. “Since we could not afford the cost to replace our old ITNs, I have been so bothered about how I and my children especially my little daughter would cope with mosquitoes and the resultant malaria attacks during this upcoming rainy season, coupled with my pregnancy condition ( knowing that pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to malaria), until succour came through group from PSJ and their supporters”, remarked Sefiya. She was full of gratitude for the two new LLINs delivered to them free of any cost, right in their village.

More than 760 households were reached with malaria prevention activities including health education and malaria risk communication in rural Mashegu in the first quarter of 2020. There was also LLIN demonstration sessions on how to air and care for LLINs, malaria Rapid Diagnostic Testing & treatment services, as well as health talk to community members on the importance of sleeping inside ITNs. The household-based sensitization provided yet another opportunity to reinforce malaria prevention messages on elimination of mosquito breeding sites around dwelling houses as we prepare to welcome the next rainy season when malaria transmission escalates. Caregivers were also educated on recognition of symptomatic manifestation of malaria and on the need for sick infants and children who are the most vulnerable group to receive prompt medical attention.

The team also engaged in dialogue with community stakeholders to sustain community support and get their feedback on how the project can address the increasing demand for malaria services in the target communities. All these successes could not have been possible without the support of all our donors like you who made donations that enable us to reach these remote communities and provide these essential life-saving commodities free-of. On behalf of the communities we serve, we express our profound gratitude for your generosity and solidarity

Dec 6, 2019

Harmattan outreach in 82 villages in kontagora

Household LLIN demostration in rural kontagora
Household LLIN demostration in rural kontagora

In September 2019, Physicians for Social Justice launched a Long-Lasting Insecticide Net (LLIN) awareness and distribution campaign in 82 rural communities in Kontagora. It was a most ambitious campaign planned and executed in collaboration with local partners and the state & local government authorities in Niger State. Within this reporting period of September to December 2019, all 82 mostly rural communities were vreached by malaria mobile health outreach teams and trained community volunteers.

Activities implemented include advocacy visits to key community stakeholders including traditional and religious leaders in the target communities to get their commitment and support on the LLIN campaign, house-to-house LLIN demonstration sessions on how to air and care for LLINs in 780 households, targeted malaria prevention education, prophylaxis, malaria Rapid Diagnostic Testing & treatment services, health talk to community members on the importance of sleeping inside insecticide treated nets. As part of the campaign’s social mobilization activities, PSJ also launched a community theatre to raise awareness about malaria and reinforce already delivered messages to families about ways of malaria prevention. Our outreach mobile 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 pregnant women, infants and young children to be taken to health facilities to receive prompt malaria diagnosis and treatment. A total of 6192 community members received health education, 780 households received LLINs, including 102pregnant women. had RDT tests.

It was indeed joyful for thousands of community members who trooped out en-mass to listen to the sensitization sessions and to watch demonstration sessions on how to hang and care for LLINs, even as they expressed their gratitude to our donors for remembering them once again by bringing the malaria outreach campaign to their doorsteps. On behalf of these communities we serve, we thank all our donors. We specially thank our donors who have made recurring donation to this project. For the hundreds of children and pregnant women whose lives have been saved by your donations, we say thank you.

Household LLIN demostration Dadinkowa village
Household LLIN demostration Dadinkowa village
Aug 14, 2019

Monsoon Mobile Malaria Outreach in Kaboji & Adogo

Nursing mother shows off her LLIN at Adogo village
Nursing mother shows off her LLIN at Adogo village

On behalf of the communities we serve in rural Mashegu, we start this update report with an expression of our profound gratitude and sincere appreciation to our donors for their generous donations towards supporting our malaria prevention project. We are especially most thankful to Ford FoundationMatching Gift Program (via GlobalGiving) for generously supporting the mobile health camps and malaria prevention outreach activities in Adogo and Kaboji communities and surrounding villages.

This reporting period (Quarter 2 of 2019) Physicians for Social Justice, PSJ, team of clinicians, community health workers and mobilizers conducted back-to-back Integrated Malaria outreach and Mobile health camps in Kaboji and Adogo communities in rural Mashegu. To reach underserved villages in and around Adogo community, the team drove for over two hours in a four-wheel drive truck loaded with lifesaving anti-malaria medications and other medical supplies. Adogo and its surrounding villages are hard-to-reach with most of its inhabitants engaged in peasant farming. For these communities, one of their biggest concerns include the poor state of maternal, newborn and child health in their community, malaria being a major contributor.

The mobile health camp in Kaboji and Adogo communities successfully reached 1,578 women mostly pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and under-5 children were tested for malaria using rapid diagnostic test (RDT). 1444 community members who tested positive to malaria were treated with Artesunate Combination Therapy (ACT) including 607 children and 807 women. Also 150 pregnant and nursing mothers were provided with Long-Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs). For mothers like 21year old Ramatu, the visit of the mobile health team to her village in Adogo was a life saver for her 9months old baby boy, Hassan, who had been running high fever. With no money to travel to the neighbouring town to visit the health centre, she had arrived the venue of the mobile outreach at around 7 am and waited patiently for over two hours for the mobile health team to arrive. Using RDT, baby Hassan was diagnosed malaria positive and was promptly treated with ACT and antipyretics. Two days later, the baby Hassan made a full recovery which her mother, Ramatu, described as ‘miraculous’. She was full of gratitude to all our donors who made Hassan’s access to free treatment possible through their donations.

In addition, community members were sensitized on malaria signs and symptoms, as well as prevention measures, which include sleeping under LLINs and draining away stagnant water in their homes and surroundings. In addition to malaria. The mobile clinic and health campaign also provided medical consultations and treatment for villagers on other ailments, such as body aches, ulcer, diarrhea, typhoid, skin lesions, and worms. 664 Children received Vitamin A capsules (200,000UI and 100,000UI) and Albendazole for de-worming, while 562 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers received multivitamins..

The two mobile health camps were conducted timely during a period when the incidence of malaria cases spike in this region as the SW monsoon winds usher-in heavy rains which provides a fertile breeding environment for malaria vector, female anopheles mosquitoes,  For the predominantly farming population in Kaboji and Adogo communities, the situation is exacerbated by the lack of proper drainages as well as widespread shortages of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs). Additionally, owing to poor healthcare infrastructure, access to Maternal and Newborn Child Health services are very limited in rural communities like Adogo.

Once again, the entire PSJ team are grateful to you our donors for all your generous donations in support of this project. Thank you.

LLIN distribution to pregnant women
LLIN distribution to pregnant women
Malaria outreach Kaboji
Malaria outreach Kaboji
Malaria outreach & LLIN distribution Kaboji
Malaria outreach & LLIN distribution Kaboji

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