Project Mosquito Net Summary
Project Mosquito Net is POL's initiative to provide long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. The project began in 2005 as a joint effort between the Power of Love Foundation, the Orange County based non-profit Be the Cause (www.bethecause.org) and the Akado Medical Clinic located in Mbita, Kenya. Since then, the project has grown significantly and we have been able to provide more than 15,000 mosquito nets in Zambia and Kenya. At this time, our goal is to raise funds to provide 3000-5000 long lasting insecticide treated nets to women and children vulnerable to malaria in Zambia.
In Africa, over 700,000 children die needlessly every year from Malaria which is a disease that is easily preventable. In fact, more children die from Malaria than any other disease in the world. In addition, many more children contract malaria and suffer from its effects over their entire lifetime. So how do we eradicate malaria? We can eradicate malaria by providing nets and education. Simply by sleeping under a net can keep a person malaria free. In the US, malaria has been eradicated and it is possible to eradicate it worldwide.
Impact of the Program
Over the last 7 years, Power of Love has provided over 15,000 long lasting insecticide treated nets to children and pregnant women in Zambia and Kenya. As a result, we are seeing a reduced incidence of malaria and improved health amongst children and pregnant moms. The children are able to attend school regularly and the moms are better able to take care of their families. For a report on the most recent distribution click here. Also, for results of a post-distribution study carried out click here and here.
Plans for 2014 and Need for More Nets
A post distribution study was conducted in early 2014 to assess the impact of these nets on the incidence of malaria and to determine if the nets are maintained (treated with insecticide, and stored properly) and used as required.
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 as directed by beneficiary households. However, more nets are needed as there are several hundred households who cannot afford to purchase a net and are without bed nets in Zambia. At this time we are raising funds to provide 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in the Spring of 2014 and an additional 1000 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. As always 100% of your donation is used for programs and no part is used for overheads.