Distribution of 1000 Mosquito Bed Nets in Zambia in September 2012
Power of Love Foundation’s (POL) Project Mosquito Nets program provides long lasting insecticide treated bed nets to women and children vulnerable to Malaria in Zambia. We would like to say a big “Thank You” to you for supporting this program. With your support, we were able to provide 1000 insecticide treated nets to women and children vulnerable to Malaria in Zambia in September 2012. The distribution activities included a demonstration regarding the proper use, treatment and maintenance of nets, and education on prevention of malaria. The event was attended by community partners, the area councillor, and local leaders.
Profile of Beneficiaries: Nets were provided to 1000 families vulnerable to malaria. Most of the beneficiaries were children who are HIV positive, children under the age of five years, pregnant moms, women who are breast feeding, HIV positive children, and adults who are infected with TB. These sections of the population are most vulnerable to malaria as their immune system is compromised due to their HIV positive status, and because co-infection rates between malaria, HIV and TB are very high.
Impact of the Distribution: Provision of bed nets and education on malaria prevention and proper use and maintenance of nets goes a long way in eradicating malaria from the community. As a result of this distribution of nets, and proper use by beneficiaries we expect to see a marked reduction in the incidence of malaria and an increase in school attendance. Also, a post-distribution study will be conducted to assess the impact of the nets on the incidence of malaria and to determine if the nets are maintained (treated with insecticide) and used as required.
Need for Nets: Follow-up interviews with nets recipients indicates that the nets distributed over the last 2-3 years, are in good condition and are being used for malaria prevention by the beneficiary households. However, more nets are needed as there are several thousand households without bed nets in Zambia.
Request for Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in the Spring of 2013 and an additional 1000 nets in Fall 2013. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.
Thanks again for your support and encouragement.