Keep vulnerable children and families malaria free and healthy by providing 15,000 long lasting insecticide treated nets, and education. Malaria can be fatal for children, pregnant women, and adults living with HIV, even though it is preventable and curable. Lives can be saved for pennies per day, as provision of a net costs a mere $5. Proper use of nets leads to improved health, higher school attendance, and fewer missed day at work. To date more than 35,000 nets have been provided in Zambia.
In Africa, more than 350,000 children die needlessly every year from malaria which is both preventable & curable. In Zambia, a large percentage (30-50%) of the population is infected by malaria due to a high incidence of HIV (weakens the immune system), water logging (prefect breeding ground for mosquitoes), and poor sanitation. Malaria can be fatal for young children, and pregnant women who are HIV+. In addition, children who contract malaria suffer from its effects over their entire lifetime.
According to the WHO, sleeping under a net is the most cost effective way of preventing malaria. Our goal is to lower the incidence of malaria by the provision of 15,000 long lasting insecticide treated nets that will benefit 30,000 adults or 60,000 children. Nets will be provided to the most vulnerable populations: HIV+ children & adults, pregnant women, older adults, & people infected with TB. Education on prevention of malaria and use and maintenance of nets will also be provided.
This ongoing program has led to a reduction in the incidence of malaria, and better health for all especially, young children, expecting mothers, and people living with HIV - groups most vulnerable to malaria. With better health, school attendance is higher, adults miss fewer days at work and can take better care of their families. With better knowledge about prevention, malaria deaths can be reduced to zero. In the long term the community is more self-reliant and can solve problems on its own.
This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).