We would like to thank donors who provided a generous gift of health to people vulnerable to Malaria in Zambia. As a result of your support, we will distribute an additional 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets to pregnant women and children vulnerable to Malaria in Lusaka, Zambia. The nets will be distributed in September 2011 which is the start of the Malaria season in Zambia. A distribution of 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets will allow 2000 people to benefit from the nets as we assume 1 net for 2 sleeping spaces.
The six main compounds in Lusaka, Zambia are: Matero, Chipata, Garden, Ngombe, Lilanda, and Bauleni. Malaria bed nets will be distributed to people living in the Matero compound as this is one of the biggest compounds in Lusaka and has a population of about 175,000. The people living in Matero are at high risk and vulnerable to Malaria, and too poor to afford bed nets. In addition, the government has been unable to provide free nets to the people here. Lastly, a high prevalence of HIV makes the population at a higher risk for malaria as their immune system is compromised.
The above distribution will go a long way in reducing the incidence of malaria in Matero and we expect the health of the families and children to improve. As a result of improved health, children will be able to attend school on a regular basis. Given below is a profile of a typical beneficiary of this program.
Profile of a Typical Beneficiary from this Program
Febby Tembo is a 49 year old lady living and caring for 12 people alone as her husband is unemployed. Her son, Lawrence Tembo is HIV positive and on ARV medication. Febby has benefited from a mosquito net, as she lives in a mosquito infested area in Chunga where most of the seaware pipes are broken or blocked, and leak. This becomes a breeding area for mosquitoes.
Before receiving a mosquito net, Febby had to visit the Clinic frequently due to fever, cough and diarrhea (symptoms of malaria). However, after she and her family members have started sleeping under a mosquito net, her symptoms of malaria are gone and she and her family members are malaria free.
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