In this region, malaria accounts for 30% of deaths for children under 5 (UNICEF/FGN 2004). PSJ estimates that about 70% of outpatient visits for children under 5 and 50% of hospital admissions are due to malaria in areas where we work. This project seeks to significantly reduce the high death rate resulting from malaria among children in rural Mashegu through community-wide malaria prevention education and distribution of ITNs to families with children under 5.
If we educate families on how to ensure a malaria vector (mosquito)-free environment, as well as provide families with insecticide treated bednets, we will be able to reduce the number of malaria illnesses and deaths in children by at least 50%.
The project will save the lives of about 40,000 thousand children and boost their development. Malaria accounts for 40% of healthcare costs for families in this region, this project will result in more disposable income available to families.