Malaria Prevention Efforts in 2019
In 2019, generous donors such as yourself helped raise over $30,000 for Power of Love's malaria prevention program. These funds are being used to provide education and 11,500 long lasting insecticide treated nets to vulnerable populations in Zambia this year. To assess the effectiveness of this program, we conduct follow-up studies after every distribution. The results of a study conducted last month are discussed below.
Program Activities to date in 2019
In May and June 2019, program activities included the provision of education and 5000 long lasting insecticide treated nets to vulnerable populations. Beneficiary communities were chosen based on the high transmission rates of malaria. Beneficiaries included HIV+ children, people infected with Tuberculosis, children under five years of age, older people, pregnant women, chronically ill patients, and children with disabilities as these populations are most vulnerable to malaria. For young children living with HIV, and HIV+ pregnant women malaria could be fatal. Our goals with the provision of education and malaria bed nets was as follows:
- Reduce the number of malaria cases and deaths in the community.
- Improve the health of children
- Improve school attendance and school performance.
- Reduce clinic visits and increase productive working hours.
- Educate beneficiaries on prevention of malaria, proper use, storage, and re-treatment of nets.
Study Design and Results
To assess the impact of our malaria prevention efforts, a study was conducted in September 2019. Information from beneficiaries was gathered via questionnaires and focus group discussions. A total of 1500 questionnaires were handed out and collected after a few days. Based on results from 1465 completed questionnaires, and focus group discussions we learnt that:
- 97% of beneficiaries have knowledge regarding the proper use and storage of nets.
- 42 beneficiaries did not have information about the re-treatment of nets. Iinformation regarding re-treatment will be provided to these homes.
- On average, more than 2 people used one mosquito net.
- The nets were clean and in good condition.
- No beneficiary suffered from malaria.
- All beneficiaries requested that more mosquito nets be provided next time as some members of the household did not receive nets.
These findings confirm WHO's (World Health Organization) results that sleeping under a good quality mosquito bed net is one of the cheapest and most effective methods of malaria prevention. A few pennies can save lives. A mosquito bed net can sleep up to four young children or two adults and lasts up to two years. This implies that a single net costing less than $5, can keep 3-4 children malaria free, healthy and in school. Since malaria can be fatal for young children, children living with HIV, and HIV+ pregnant women, it costs just a few pennies to save lives. Also, WHO recommends that mosquito bed nets should be available to everyone and free of cost to eradicate malaria.
Our Goal is for Zambia to be Malaria Free
Over the last 11 years we have been able to provide over 25,000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education to people vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. For 2019, our goal is to provide 11,500 mosquito bed nets and education; this should bring us closer to our goal of eradicating malaria from Zambia.
Thanks for keeping thousands of families malaria free and children in school.