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. As you know we were able to provide 1000 long lasting nets to families vulnerable to malaria last September. In order to assess the impact of nets usage and to learn if the nets were being used as demonstrated during distribution activities, we interviewed a few families last week. Here is a summary of our findings:
(i) Between September and December 15, 2013, only two children out of 200 children in our program contracted malaria.
(ii) None of the adults in our program contracted malaria.
(iii) Almost all beneficiary adults (approx. 96%) were knowledgeable about malaria prevention and were using the nets as demonstrated during the distribution activities. The recipients who were not aware about malaria prevention and proper use of nets were educated on these issues.
(iv) The health of all children has improved/stabilized as seen by an improvement in their weight and/or CD4 counts.
(v) There was an improvement in school attendance and performance.
(vi) At the end of the conversation, our health care workers reminded the families to re-treat the nets after six months of use at the local clinic.
Response of Beneficiary Families and Need for Nets: Net recipients are very happy with the mosquito bed nets and they hope that the distribution activities continue in 2014 and beyond. They informed us that more nets are needed as there are several hundred households in their community who cannot afford to purchase a net and are sleeping without one in an area where the incidence of malaria is high.
Request for Funds: At this time we are raising funds to provide 2000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in the Spring of 2014 and an additional 2000 nets in Fall 2014. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.
Happy holidays and thanks for keeping the Zambian children malaria free.