Alfred sells a Kit Yamoyo to a local mother
After only 8 months with Global Giving, YOU have helped us to raise nearly $10,000 - enough to co-fund Kit Yamoyo AidPods for 10,000 Zambian children. Thank you!
As the project in Zambia is going really well, our donor agencies* are now looking at supporting us in a scale-up across the country. And they are very impressed by the co-funding raised by you - across USA, UK and beyond. So, we are increasing our target of co-funding 10,000 AidPods to 15,000. We know that with your help we can acheive this.
Why is it so important for children in remote, rural areas to have easy access to one of our AidPods via a local shop?
In Zambia, diarrhoea in children is not just a nuisance. It's a killer - of around 11,000 children a year. It also steals a child's potential - those who are stunted by age 2 cannot reverse the damage, and will never meet their full potential of physical and mental development. Nearly half of all children in Zambia are stunted and diarrhoea is a big contributing factor.
So, what can a mother do? In the whole of Zambia (13 million people) there are fewer than 70 retail pharmacies - and nearly all are in the main towns. Nearly half of the rural population live more than 5km walk to a pubic health clinic. Even if a mother with a sick child walks that far, the chances are that she will find even basic medicines out of stock. So, we've trained over 80 shop keepers in remote rural areas to stock Kit Yamoyo and advise their customers on what to do. They have so far sold an amazing 23,000 Kits - containing Oral Rehydration Salts, an essential micronutrient - Zinc - and soap. This is bringing health as well as wealth into the local economy.
Our latest results show, that by supplying Kit Yamoyo AidPods in local village shops in Zambia, we have:
- increased children's use of the 'gold standard' for diarrhoea treatment. In our target districts, this has jumped from zero to over 40% in only 6 months
- reduced distance mothers/carers need to walk to get treatment, by more than half, as they can obtain Kit Yamoyo near their home
- shortened treatment delay for diarrhoea from ≈2 days (before we started) to ≈1 day (after our first 6 months). Quick treatment for a dehydrated child is vital, so this is a big win!
- improved the perception of ORS efficacy - through more accurate preparation of ORS solution, due to the pack's measuring function. We found that (conservatively) a third to a half of mothers using a traditional litre ORS sachet mixed it wrongly, whereas more than 90% of those using Kit Yamoyo mix it correctly.
* Donor agencies for the first trial - reported here - include the UK's Department for International Development; Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust, Grand Challenges Canada, and COMESA/TMSA, with advice and support from a range of corporates and UNICEF. You can help us fund the next phase!
Shadrick from remote Kagoro shows off his stock
Kit Yamoyo is here! Queue at Chison Banda's shop