Project #1886

Preventing Childhood Malaria Deaths in Mashegu

by Physicians for Social Justice (PSJ)
Oct 17, 2013

You made it possible for us to bring succour to vulnerable children in Tunga-magajia village

A mother & her child waiting for malaria treatment
A mother & her child waiting for malaria treatment

PSJ's mobile clinic team visited Tunga-magajia village, a remote rural settlement in Mashegu district. We had received an SOS from the community elders and community volunteers about the devastating impact of malaria on children residing in the village; this period (June - September) is the peak rainy season when malaria transmission, illness and death is highest among children. Located deep in the forest, Tunga-magajia village lacks any form of modern health facility. During the outreach, our team treated 154 children for malaria using artesunate combination therapy (ACT) which is recommended by World Health Organization. The malaria team also educated nursing mothers about the importance of environmental sanitation (clearing bushes around their houses and not leaving any standing objects that could collect stagnant water), and using insecticide treated nets as well as the absolute need to seek early treatment at the earliest suspicion of malaria (fever and or generalized body weakness), from the two resident community health volunteers who were trained by PSJ to offer simple first aid treatment to community members. Our outreach team also donated supplies of anti-malaria medicines to the community, which are now being managed by the trained community health volunteers.

Our efforts in these past three months would not have been possible without the support of our donors whose financial donations made it possible for us to procure medical supplies including anti-malaria medicines and pay for fuel costs for our vehicle to visit Tunga-magajia community. Your five, ten and 100 dollar donations have added up to make such a huge difference in the lives of dozens of these poor rural children. Your donations will save the lives of over 530 children, pregnant women this peak malaria season. On behalf of the communities we serve, we thank you for all your financial support.


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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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