Project #1886

Preventing Childhood Malaria Deaths in Mashegu

by Physicians for Social Justice (PSJ)
May 27, 2008

Updates from the field

A nursing mother receives insecticide treated net for her baby
A nursing mother receives insecticide treated net for her baby

During the period from Early April to Mid May, PSJ’s malaria project team comprising a primary care physician, a community health nurse and two community health extension workers conducted malaria control outreach activities in five rural communities namely Sabon-rijia, Bokwai, inner-Mashegu, Manigi and Sahon-rami in Mashegu. The team distributed 556 insecticide treated nets to 509 children under-five and 47 pregnant women. At Sahon-rami which serve as both the project base and field office of Physicians for Social Justice, there was a massive turnout of villagers mostly women and children to witness the demonstration sessions on how to use the insecticide treated nets. The mobile team also treated 321 cases of malaria in children and administered antimalarials chemo-prophylaxis to 71 pregnant women. Communities elders in all the five villages were very grateful for the nets given to their women and children and expressed their gratitude to all those who donated the insecticide treated nets that their communities are benefiting from. Also during this past month, a total of about 3600 individuals in rural Mashegu have received health education and behaviour change communication messages about malaria vector (mosquito) eradication and personal protection from mosquito bites. The health education aspect of this ‘Preventing Childhood Malaria Death Project’ is particularly important as we approach the peak of rainy season in this region when the transmission and attack rates of malaria are highest due to increase in vector breeding sites brought about by increased vegetation around dwelling environments. The project team is very grateful for all those who made donations to this Malaria project since inception. Your donations through the Global Giving Foundation has no doubt saved hundreds of children from repeated deadly episodes of malaria attacks. At Manigi village, the project team encountered a mother who trekked about 10 kilometers on foot from a neuighbouring village to present her nine months old baby for treatment. She heard the news about the visit of our malaria team who will be offering free malaria treatment to children from one of her friends. The mobile team treated her sick child and equally provided her with an insecticide treated net. She was full of gratitude to our sponsors and all those who provided the resources that made it possible for her baby to get both free malaria treatment and a treated bed net.

Women line up to receive treated nets at sabon-rijia village
Women line up to receive treated nets at sabon-rijia village
PSJ project team demostrating how to use nets to women in Sahon
PSJ project team demostrating how to use nets to women in Sahon

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Physicians for Social Justice (PSJ)

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

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