Kawo ITN distribution Malaria mobile clinic
For this reporting period, in early May 2019, our malaria outreach team led by a community health clinician revisited Kawo village, a rural community in Kontagora. Kawo is a memorable community for our team, because of the extreme hospitality of its people; the first time we visited Kawo village, its women, children, young and old beamed with contagious smiles. They were practically ecstatic and extremely happy to receive our mobile clinic team. On arrival this time, the mobile health team paid courtesy visit to the village head and his council of elders. The community leaders welcomed our team, and thanked us for remembering their community once more.
Once we finished with the initial community entry formalities with the community elders, the mobile health team proceeded to the village square where pregnant women and nursing mother were already eagerly awaiting the arrival of the mobile team. The team quickly settled down and provided both preventive and curative malaria services to infants as well as nursing and pregnant mothers using medicines provided with donations received from our globalgiving donors. All cases of fever among children and pregnant women were screened for malaria using the malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) while those who tested positive were given full course of Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT).
In addition, 35 pregnant women and nursing mothers with infants received free Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LL-ITNs) and multivitamin tablets for pregnancy donated by 'Vitamin Angels'. 38 children who presented with fever were tested for malaria using RDT kit, while 21 who tested positive were treated with full doses of Artsemsinin Combination Therapy (ACT) free of charge. In addition, 109 female caregivers received comprehensive malaria prevention education with specific focus on behaviour change and environment sanitation. The community health extension worker who accompanied the team used the local dialect to educate caregivers on malaria epidemiology, clinical features, and the importance of pregnant women and infants to sleep under insecticide treated nets.
Nigeria currently accounts for 19percents of the global burden of malrai (WHO). To bridge the treatment gap among children in rural communities such as Kawo, Physicians for Social Justice is fully adopting and implementing World Health Organizations, WHO’s, recommended uptake of integrated community case management (iCCM), as strategy to promote integrated management of common life-threatening conditions in children – malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea especially at the community levels
Community leaders, caregivers and women were full of gratitude to the team for once more showing solidarity and coming to their aid in their battle with malaria. The pregnant women were particularly joyful for the ITNs distributed to them, knowing fully well that the rainy season has arrived; and that is the period when malaria transmission is highest. This gratitude was examplified by Maimuna, a young pregnant woman who beamed with smile, bowed in deep appreciation, and uttered the word 'mungode, mungode, mungode gaskia', in local diaect (translated ' thank you so so so much') when she was handed a piece of ITN.At the end of the malaria outreach, community members expressed their deep grateful to all those who made the malaria outreach possible, most especially all our global giving donors. Community leaders were also full of thanksgiving to the team and you, our donors for once more remembering their village in health care service delivery.
The entire mobile clinic team, on behalf of the communities we serve, once more express our profound gratitude to all our donors who have donated generously to make these malaria mobile clinic outreach activities possible; for us to procure the malaria medicines, the insecticide treated nets, as well as being able to pay for transport costs for the malaria team to reach rural communities like Kawo. Sleeping under ITNs alone dramatically reduces the chance of contracting malaria for infants and pregnant women. Be assured that your donations have made really huge difference in saving lives.