Health  Zambia Project #6187

Project Mosquito Nets

by Power of Love Foundation Vetted since 2010 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified
Provision of Nets in a Rural Community in Zambia
Provision of Nets in a Rural Community in Zambia

In 2017, generous donors such as yourself helped raise over $15,000 for Power of Love's malaria prevention and education program. These funds were spent on the provision of 4000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on malaria. But are these nets really effective in preventing malaria? To find out we conducted follow-up meetings with beneficiaries and the results are given below. 

Effectiveness of Mosquito Nets

To assess the effectiveness of insecticide treated nets, we met with 200 beneficiaries. The information was collected just before the malaria season to improve accuracy of malaria infections. Here are some heartwarming numbers from the field:

1. More than 90% of recipients knew how to hang and use the nets properly.

2. Only 2% of families had the nets torn or damaged three months after use.

3. None of the families contracted malaria.

4. 98% of families sampled had improved knowledge regarding malaria prevention, and re-treatment of nets.  

5. On average three children were sleeping under a net. This implies that a single net which costs less than $5, can keep three children malaria free, healthy and in school. Since a net can last up to two years, it costs just a few pennies to keep children malaria free, giving the child's immune system a chance to strengthen.

6. All families wanted us to continue to provide them with nets before the malaria season every year. 

These findings confirm WHO's results that sleeping under an excellent quality mosquito bed net is one of the cheapest and most effective methods of malaria prevention. This is especially true for populations more vulnerable to malaria such as children and adults living with HIV, older people, HIV+ pregnant women, young children, and people infected with TB. We are seeing a lower incidence of malaria and better information about malaria prevention in our community.   

Next Steps

For 2018, our goal is to provide 5000-6000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on malaria prevention as impoverished communities in Zambia need thousands more nets to stay healthy and malaria free. 

Let’s not stop now

Globally, we are winning the fight against malariaBetween 2010 and 2015malaria incidence fell by 21% and malaria mortality rates fell by 29% among all age groups, and by 35% among children under 5. A decrease in nets coverage now can lead to a major resurgence of the disease and can reverse the gains achieved over the last several years. Eradication of malaria will save thousands of lives leading to an increase in GDP which in turn will enable the African economies to take better care of their people. This will have huge health and economic benefits globally. We are winning the fight against malaria, so let's not stop now

Thank you for keeping children malaria free, healthy and in school.  

Provision of Nets to an Urban Poor Community
Provision of Nets to an Urban Poor Community
Nets Provision in April 2017
Nets Provision in April 2017
Families Attending a Malaria Education Session
Families Attending a Malaria Education Session

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Nets distribution in Zambia
Nets distribution in Zambia

The Power of Love team extends a personal and heartfelt thank you for your dedication to prevent malaria, provide education, and keep orphans and vulnerable children healthy and in school. 2017 was an extraordinary year; with your help, we provided 4000 long lasting insecticide nets that benefitted more than 10,000 residents in impoverished communities in Zambia.

Please take a moment to treat yourself to this short video, in which Mary, one of the hundreds of children who benefits from your support, is getting ready for school. Mary is 12 years old, studies in grade eight, and is an excellent student. We are sure this video will bring a smile to your face.  

Sending a giant wave of love to you and your family this holiday season!

Nets recipients
Nets recipients

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Nets distribution in a rural area in Zambia
Nets distribution in a rural area in Zambia

Malaria season is here: In Zambia, the malaria season begins in September/October after the rains and peaks in February/March. To minimize the number of people getting infected by malaria, we provided 1500 mosquito bed nets and education on malaria prevention last month. This brings the total number of nets provided in 2017 to 4000. We feel equipped to take on the malaria season and confident that beneficiary families will be malaria free and see an improvement in their health.   

Recent Malaria Prevention Activities: The goal of our malaria prevention program is to keep children and families healthy and malaria free. To achieve this goal, we provided 4000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to vulnerable families in two communities - one urban and one rural - in Zambia. Before the provision of nets, representatives of community based organizations were provided with education on malaria prevention and a demonstration on the proper use and storage of nets. The education component included a discussion on hygiene, drainage maintenance, filling and removal of mosquito breeding sites, negative impact of malaria in pregnancy, information about malaria prevention for HIV+ children, identification of signs and symptoms of malaria, and information regarding re-treatment of nets. 

Impact of Malaria Prevention Activities: Provision of bed nets and education on malaria prevention has gone a long way in reducing the incidence of malaria in our communities. Because of the provision of education, families are using nets regularly. Beneficiary families (i) have better knowledge about proper use and storage of nets, (ii) re-treat nets every six months, (iii) need fewer visits to hospitals/clinics due to better health, (iv) have fewer cases of malaria, (v) see an increase in school attendance due to improved health of the children, and (vi) have a higher quality of life.

Measuring Impact: To assess impact, a follow-up study will be conducted in November 2017. The study will assess how the provision of nets and education has impacted the incidence of malaria and the health of beneficiary families. Results of past studies have underscored the need and huge positive impact of our malaria prevention program.

Need for Nets: Most families in our communities cannot afford to purchase a net as they live on less than $2 per day - defined as extreme poverty by the UN. In addition, a rise in prices of essential items is causing increased hardship for residents. According to the UNICEF, children under five years of age are most susceptible to malaria but less than 50% of these children sleep under a net in Zambia. Hence there is an ongoing need for nets. 

Next Steps: For 2018, our goal is to provide 5000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on malaria prevention as impoverished communities in Zambia need thousands more nets to stay healthy and malaria free. Going forward our plan is to expand coverage area of our malaria prevention program to more communities in Zambia.

Let’s not stop now: Globally, we are winning the fight against malariaBetween 2010 and 2015malaria incidence fell by 21% and malaria mortality rates fell by 29% among all age groups, and by 35% among children under 5. A decrease in nets coverage now can lead to a major resurgence of the disease and can reverse the gains achieved over the last several years. Eradication of malaria will save thousands of lives leading to an increase in GDP which in turn will enable the African economies to take better care of their people. We can win the fight against malaria which will have huge economic benefits globally.

To sum: Over the last seven years, Project Mosquito Nets has been able to provide over 14,800 insecticide treated nets and education on malaria prevention to families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. Direct beneficiaries are 59,200 young children or 29,600 adults as each net can sleep up to four young children or two adults. We are confident that as more families use insecticide treated nets, there will be fewer cases of malaria and that deaths due to malaria will be reduced to zero.    

Thank you for helping keep vulnerable children and families' malaria free and healthy. 

 

Education malaria prevention and demo on nets use
Education malaria prevention and demo on nets use
Nets provided to a Church in Lusaka, Zambia
Nets provided to a Church in Lusaka, Zambia
Mosquito Nets provision in a rural area in Zambia
Mosquito Nets provision in a rural area in Zambia

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Nets use demo
Nets use demo

We are winning the fight against malaria; let’s not stop now. Between 2010 and 2015, malaria incidence fell by 21% and malaria mortality rates fell by 29% among all age groups, and by 35% among children under 5. We have momentum to eradicate malaria which will have huge economic benefits globally. Malaria is the single biggest drag on Africa’s economy with estimated direct losses of $12 billion a year (a GDP growth of about 1.3% per year) due to increased healthcare costs, lost ability to work and effects on tourism. If malaria can be eliminated, thousands of lives will be saved and GDP growth will be higher. A higher GDP growth will enable African economies to take better care of their population leading to huge economic benefits globally. 

Our Response to Prevent Malaria

Our goal is to reduce malaria deaths to zero in Zambia. To achieve this goal, we have provided over 24,000 nets and education on malaria prevention to families vulnerable to malaria. At our most recent malaria prevention day in April 2017, we could provide 2500 long lasting insecticide treated nets to families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. In addition, our plan is to provide 1500 nets and education on malaria prevention in September 2017. We are confident that as more families use insecticide treated nets, the incidence of malaria will continue to decline and malaria deaths will be reduced to zero. However, impoverished communities in Zambia need thousands more nets to stay healthy and malaria free.  

Why do we need more nets? According to the World Health Organization, only 55% of families in sub-Saharan Africa had access to a mosquito bed net in 2015. This implies an additional 45% families in Sub-Saharan Africa need access to nets. Second, sleeping under a net is the most cost-effective method as compared to other malaria prevention methods such as indoor residual spraying, and malaria treatment drugs. Third, 90% of families who have access to a net use it. Finally, a decrease in access to nets now can lead to a major resurgence of the disease and can reverse the gains achieved over the last several years. We can win the fight malaria by intensifying our efforts to prevent malaria. 

Plan for 2017/2018 

We are raising funds to provide an additional 1500 nets and education on malaria prevention before the next malaria season in September 2017. This will bring the total nets provided in 2017 to 4000, benefitting 8000 adults or 16,000 children as a net can sleep two adults or four young children.  

For 2018, our goal is to provide 5000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on malaria prevention to families vulnerable to malaria.

Thank you for your dedication to keep vulnerable children and families malaria free and healthy. 

Malaria education session
Malaria education session
Kicking off the malaria prevention activities
Kicking off the malaria prevention activities
Community organizations receiving nets
Community organizations receiving nets

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Malaria Bed Net Demo
Malaria Bed Net Demo

Happy Mother’s Day! This Mom's Day give a gift of health to a vulnerable child and his/her family in Zambia. Your ongoing support for our malaria prevention program can keep a child malaria free, healthy, and in school.

Recent Malaria Prevention Activities: In April 2017, we could provide 2500 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria. Our goal is to keep children and families healthy and malaria free by eliminating malaria from Zambia. Before the provision of nets, representatives of community-based organizations were provided education on malaria prevention and a demonstration on the proper use and storage of nets. The education component included a discussion on hygiene, drainage maintenance, filling and removal of mosquito breeding sites, a negative impact of malaria in pregnancy, information about malaria prevention for HIV+ children, identification of signs and symptoms of malaria, and information regarding re-treatment of nets. 

Impact of Malaria Prevention Activities: Provision of bed nets and education on malaria prevention has gone a long way in reducing the incidence of malaria in our community. Because of the provision of education and families sleeping under nets, beneficiary families have (i) have better knowledge about proper use and storage of nets, (ii) can re-treat nets every six months, (iii) need fewer visits to hospitals/clinics, (iv) have fewer cases of malaria, (v) see an increase in school attendance due to improved health of the children, and (vi) have a higher quality of life and general well-being.

Measuring Impact: A follow-up study will be conducted in July 2017, to assess the impact on the incidence of malaria and on the health of beneficiary families. Study results will be reported in the next report. Results of past studies have underscored the need and huge positive impact of our malaria prevention program.

Next Steps: Most families in our community cannot afford to purchase a net due to a high unemployment rate in the community. In addition, a rise in prices of essential items is causing increased hardship for residents. Children under five years of age are most susceptible to malaria. However, according to UNICEF, less than 25% of children under five sleep under a net in Zambia. Hence there is an ongoing need for nets. Our plan is to provide an additional 1500 malaria bed nets and education on malaria prevention to children and families in 2017.  

To sum: Over the last seven years we have been able to provide over 13,300 insecticides treated nets and education on malaria prevention to families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. Direct beneficiaries are 53,200 young children or 26,600 adults as each net can sleep up to four young children or two adults. Going forward our plan is to increase the coverage area of our malaria prevention program by including more communities.

Thank you for helping keep vulnerable children and families’ malaria free and healthy. 

Representatives of community organizations
Representatives of community organizations
School girls kicking off the event
School girls kicking off the event
Nets being provided after education session
Nets being provided after education session

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Power of Love Foundation

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.poweroflove.org
Project Leader:
Alka Subramanian
Founder/Director
San Diego, CA United States
$36,069 raised of $60,000 goal
 
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