The rainy season has begun, with vegetation sprouting all over the place. This is the period of peak intense malaria transmission, and deaths among children under five. In the past two months, with your support and generous contributions, PSJ’s dedicated team of 32 community volunteers have been visiting vulnerable families in five villages in rural Mashegu to provide targeted support including health education on early symptoms and signs of malaria, environmental sanitation, malaria prevention.
In the past 8 weeks, 45 Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) were distributed to vulnerable households as part of our malaria prevention strategy. Through our mobile clinics outreaches , we are also providing chemoprophylaxis and treatment to children and pregnant mums in remote rural communities. Our community volunteers are reaching out to caregivers and vulnerable families to educate them about malaria prevention.
We are profoundly appreciative to all those who made donations that made it possible for us to reach these vulnerable families and children. We thank you very much for donating over and over again to this project. We are indeed very grateful for your philanthropy and generosity. The truth is: your donations are saving lives; the lives of children and mothers. With your continued support, we will continue to save more lives. Thank you.
Mar 13, 2012
small steps forward for Mashegu's vulnerable children
By chukwumuanya igboekwu - project manager
malaria outreach snapshot
Our community-based malaria project is progressing steadily. In the past two months, we reached over 116 families and households in saho-rami village with targeted malaria interventions including malaria treatment, free distribution of insecticide treated nets, malaria prevention education and chemoprophylaxis. 17 pregnant mothers and 23 nursing mothers received ITNs. This represents a small step forward for Mashegu’s vulnerable children. Our latest intervention is especially important as we approach the rainy season when illnesses and deaths of children due to malaria are highest. Four year old little Amina and her mother were lucky to get a long lasting insecticide treated net. As her mother put, -"this is our best new year gift, now I can sleep with my two eyes closed", no more buzzing of mosquitoes in my ears, no more monthly fever episodes for little Amina".
Our modest efforts would not have been possible without the generous support from our donors. On behalf of the children and communities we serve in rural Mashegu, we thank you in a special way for donating to our malaria project through GlobalGiving Website. We thank you very much for your generosity. We thank you in a special way for donating over and over again to this project. We are indeed very grateful. The children, women and the entire villagers are very grateful as well.
Dec 5, 2011
Remembering kwati a remote rural village
By Chukwumuanya Igboekwu - Project Manager
On 11th of November, PSJ's malaria team visited Kwati, a remote rural village located deep in the forest to conduct a malaria clinic and prevention outreach. The visit was highly anticipated by the community as they eargerly awaited the arrival of the mobile mlaria team in front of the village chief's house. On siting the team, there was a tunderous shout of joy among the villagers including men, youths, women and children who had gathered to recieve malaria treatment and prevention commodities including long-lasting insecticide treated nets (ITNs).
The mobile team led by a community physician diagnosed and treated 172 children of malaria. 38 pregnant mothers were also provided intermittent prophylaxis treatment. Pregnant and nursing mothers also recieved insecticide treated nets. In addition, the team conducted a community-wide malaria prevention education.
The community elders and members were very grateful and were full of praise for our donors who supported the outreach to their community. On behalf of the communities we serve, Physicians for Social Justice expresses her profound gratitude to all our donors, many of whom have donated repeatedly to our malaria project. Thank you for all your support. Without them, we will not be able to serve these communities. Thank you.