Children
 Nigeria
Project #1886

Preventing Childhood Malaria Deaths in Mashegu

by Physicians for Social Justice (PSJ)
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an infant receiving malaria treatment
an infant receiving malaria treatment

For the people of Mulo village, the third day of June 2013 was a day like no other as our mobile clinic team conducted a full day mobile clinic activities in their community. 52 percent of all sick children and 40percent of all pregnant women that were seen by health workers had confirmed diagnosis of malaria. The availability of Malaria Rapid diagnostic test kits made possible through our collaboration with the local health authorities enabled PSJ's medical team to accurately diagnose and confirm all suspected cases of malaria that presented during the mobile clinic outreach. A total of 186 children and 102 women with confirmed malaria diagnosis received the recommended Artesunate Combination Therapy (ACT) to treat their malaria. Also 42 pregnant women received malaria prophylaxis medicines. The prophylaxis will help save these expectant mothers from the nightmare of low birth weight babies.

 As the rainy season begins, so does malaria transmission rate increase. In this regard, the mobile team also conducted community sensitization on ways of preventing malaria with specific focus on behavior change and environment sanitation including clearing grasses and broken bottles, plastics or containers that could hold water from the vicinity of their houses. Villagers were educated on how malaria is transmitted, early clinical signs and symptoms, the role of female anopheles mosquitoes, the need for early diagnosis and treatment especially for infants, under-5 children and pregnant women as well as how mosquitoes that transmit malaria can be eliminated through environmental sanitation. The mobile clinic ended with a traditional dance by women of the village in appreciation of the work done by the mobile clinic team.

 On behalf of community members in Mulo village, we at PSJ express our deep and profound gratitude to all our donors who have contributed to this project. We know that you have donated over and over again to this project. You!, our donors, have brought hope to thousands of poor families in the communities we serve. Thank you for your generosity.

Abdullahi receiving malaria treatment
Abdullahi receiving malaria treatment

PSJ's team of two volunteer physicians, one nurse, one midwife, one community health extenion worker, one pharmacist technician and on laboratory tachnician conducted a malaria clinic outreach to matane, a remote community in rural Mashegu.

The outreach provided our team the opportunity to offer pregnant mothers malaria prophylaxis and offer malaria treatment. Over 200 villagers including women, men and young people recieved malaria prevention education, including environmental sanitation and the importance of sleeping under an insecticide treated net. Seventy eight children were treated for malaria, while 26pregnant mothers were also treated for malaria-in-pregnancy.

For 3-year old abdulahi (see photo attached), the arrival of our malaria team was a life-saving experience, he had been suffering from malaria attack since two days prior to the arrival of our team. His parents lacked the means to take her to the health clinic in the neighbouring community. On hearing that our team had arrived their village, the mother hurriedly brought him to our mobile clinic tent. After clinical consultation, he was given artesunate combination therapy (ACT) to treat his acute malaria. The good news is that Abdullahi recovered completely after 48hours.

On behalf of the communities we serve, Physicians for Social Justice and our malaria team are very grateful to our donors who continue to make our outreach activities possible through their donations. Abdullahi's case is a typical example of how your $1 donations save lives. We  know many of you have donated severally to our malaria project, not once, not twice, but multiple times. We know you could have used your hard earned dollars for other important things, but you choose to give it for us to reach children and families in remote rural communities, who are under the constant attach and threat of malaria. Thank you very much for donating to our project

The period between June and September marks the peak of rainy season in rural Mashegu. This year was certainly not an exception. The rains were intense, with the resultant increase in the malaria vector breeding sites that inevitably leads to more malaria cases among children and pregnant mothers. For this quarter, PSJ’s malaria team concentrated our malaria control outreach activities in remote rural communities that lack health clinics and other health care resources. These communities represented areas where children were most vulnerable during the peak malaria attack season.

The biggest challenge we faced was inadequate supplies of insecticide treated nets, antimalarial medications and inadequate logistics (transportation)  to reach these remote villages due to lack of paved roads. It was difficult to get through even with motorcycles. Despite these challenges, our malaria control team reached a total of 156 children who had acute attacks of malaria. 15 children and 18 pregnant women received insecticide treated nets. At Kwati village, thanks to our team of community volunteers, the malaria team saved the life of two year old Mohammed whose caregiver could not afford to take him to the clinic. Thanks to your donations to the project, he was able to receive prompt attention including anti-malaria therapy.

On behalf of the villagers and the children we serve, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to all the donors who made financial contributions to this project so far. We know some of you have donated over and over again to this project. Gradually, we are inching towards achieving our goal. Thank you so much! Through your donations, we have saved the lives hundreds of children from their number one killer: malaria.

women recipients of ITNs
women recipients of ITNs

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.

malaria outreach snapshot
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.

 

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Physicians for Social Justice (PSJ)

Location: P. O. Box 18 Kontagora, Niger State - Nigeria
Website: https:/​/​psjworld.org
Project Leader:
Chukwumuanya Igboekwu
Health Program Associate
P. O. Box 18 Kontagora, Niger State Nigeria

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