Malaria is the leading cause of death in Uganda counting for over 27%. Maternal anemia and placental parasitaemia leads to low birth weight, which is an important contributor to infant mortality.Despite interventions of stakeholders, prevention services to mothers is low. Long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets (LLINs) coverage is still low affecting pregnant mothers who have low immunity.The project will provide free LLINs and malaria tests and treatment to 750 during antenatal clinic.
In kibuku district in Uganda, 98% of the community members are subsistence farmers. Malaria is greatly affecting the general population in that women are the major contributor of agricultural production. Malaria exposes a lot of vulnerability to mothers particularly abortion, delivery of children with low weight, death and high expense on treatment that affects the economic base of families. The project will benefit mothers, fathers and the government of Uganda on malaria expenses.
1. The project will educate mothers on how to prevent malaria during antenatal clinic days. Will provide malaria tests to every mother freely at the clinic 3. will provide a long lasting insecticide treated net to every mother on her first antenatal visit 4. will provide mosquito sprays to every mothers in case LLINS stock out. 5. will support staff to monitor usage of LLINS effectively in mothers homes
The project will contribute to the reduction of malaria in pregnancy in the community. A net takes 3-4 years when properly utilized and will befit 2,250 people that includes the mother, the child and the father in in the household. Mothers will be educated on malaria prevention strategies during antenatal days and will act as a technology transfer agents on the use of LLINS to other mothers.