Project #1886

Preventing Childhood Malaria Deaths in Mashegu

by Physicians for Social Justice (PSJ)
Feb 19, 2013

Reaching children & women in rural matane village

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


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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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