Your donations will provide long-lasting insecticidal nets (mosquito bed nets), malaria testing using rapid diagnostic test kits and treatment for those who test positive, treatment courses for pregnant women to help prevent malaria during pregnancy, and training on malaria prevention and awareness for key community agents. The programme will target low-income families in the traditional community of Ikota, with a focus on the most vulnerable groups of pregnant woman and children under 5.
In Nigeria, malaria is responsible for 29% of childhood death and 11% of maternal mortality. Mosquito bed nets have been shown to sharply decrease malaria and reduce the death of children under 5 from all causes by about 20%. This project provides nets to protect against malaria and testing and treatment for those already infected. Training sessions will provide malaria education to promote long-lasting prevention practices including the eradication of malaria breeding sites in the community.
We will distribute 400 long-lasting insecticidal nets to low-income families and correct usage will be demonstrated. Malaria testing will be provided for 100 patients using Rapid Diagnostic Test kits. ACT malaria treatment will be given to those who test positive and Intermittent Preventative Treatment (IPT) will be administered to pregnant women to prevent malaria transmission during pregnancy. 100 project beneficiaries will receive training in current malaria prevention methods.
A reduction in malaria cases in expected through the use of mosquito bed nets and the adoption of effective malaria prevention methods by community agents. This will provide long-term improvement to the health of community members, especially the most vulnerable groups, and will make an economic impact through reduced treatment costs.