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July 29, 2014

Impact of Project Mosquito Net in 2014

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 June 2014 and will provide an additional 1000 nets and malaria education in August 2014.

Profile of Beneficiaries 

Nets were provided to 1000 families in the Matero compound of Lusaka, Zambia. Many parts of Matero are waterlogged and have sewer ponds, leading to a high prevalence of malaria and hence a need for malaria prevention via nets. The beneficiaries of nets were children and families in Power of Love’s pediatric HIV care program, women vulnerable to malaria in Power of Love’s Microfinance program, children who attend the Safe Park program, and other members of the community who are vulnerable to malaria.

In order to identify and distribute nets to the intended beneficiaries we worked with several community organizations such as churches, government health clinics, and other representative organizations. Most of the beneficiaries were HIV positive children, children under the age of five, pregnant or breast-feeding women, and adults who are infected with TB and/or HIV. These sections of the population are most vulnerable to malaria - co-infection rates between malaria, HIV and TB are exceptionally high.

A list of the organizations/beneficiaries with the number of nets provided is given below: 

  1. Children and families in our pediatric HIV care program - 350
  2. Women in our micro loans program - 100
  3. Families in the community of Matero (identified via Safe Park program) - 80
  4. Matero Police Department - 20
  5. Local Churches (Anglican Church Matero and Chinga, Chosen Generation Church, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian Church Matero) - 100
  6. St. Peter’s Kabwanta - 100
  7. Lumpwa Lwabumi - 100
  8. Health Clinics (George, Chingwere, Nakonga) - 60
  9. Community Organizations (Kwasha Mukwenu, St. Johns Ambulance, (Ward Development Council) - 55
  10. Lusaka City Council - 15
  11. Staff of the Matero Care Center - 20

Total 1000

Distribution Activities

A few children played traditional Zambian games while waiting for the distribution activities to begin. The distribution activities commenced with singing and dancing by the women and children present. This was followed by dances by school children from the community. Several local and church leaders participated in the distribution activities. The event was attended by Mrs. Malumo, nurse in-charge at the Matero Main Clinic, Rev. Phaika from Presbyterian Church Matero Congregation, Mr. Simusosha from Ward Development Committee (he is the chair person in charge of CBOs in Matero), Mrs. Nkazwe from the Lusaka City Council, and Power of Love representatives.

Power of Love Foundation's Project Nurse provided education on malaria prevention. He emphasized the importance of sleeping under a net every night, which is the most effective way of preventing malaria, and explained how to use and maintain the net to prevent damage. In addition, he explained drainage and maintenance activities around the home, including the filling and removal of mosquito breeding sites. Finally, he explained the importance of retreating nets every six months, which can be done during the Child Health Weeks held in June and December each year.

Our Project Nurse also underscored the need for keeping nets clean and stored properly. This was followed by a demonstration on the proper use and maintenance of nets by a nurse from one of the area government clinics. She encouraged the participants to retreat the nets every few month, especially since the government clinics provide retreatment kits free of cost. Finally, the Nurse underscored the importance of keeping nets clean and demonstrated how to store them to prevent damage when not in use.

Impact of Bed Nets

Provision of bed nets, education on malaria prevention, and proper use and maintenance of nets go a long way in eradicating malaria from the community. As a result of past distributions, we are seeing very few cases of malaria among children in our pediatric HIV care program and a reduction in the incidence of malaria in our community.

We will continue to conduct a post-distribution study to assess the impact of nets on the incidence of malaria and on the health of the beneficiary families. This study will assess the health of the beneficiary families, as well as if the nets are being used every night, if the nets are being used and stored properly, and if the nets are retreated every six months. We expect to see a continued and marked reduction in the incidence of malaria and a subsequent increase in school attendance due to improved health of the children.

Need for Nets

Follow-up interviews with nets recipients indicates that the nets distributed over the last 2-3 year are in good condition and are being used as directed. However, we need several thousand more nets as a majority of households cannot afford to purchase a net and are without bed nets in our community and in Zambia.

We will be providing an additional 1000 nets and education on malaria prevention in August 2014. At this time we are raising funds to provide 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN’s) in the Spring of 2015 and an additional 1000 nets in Fall 2015. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.

Thank you for caring and helping to eradicate malaria.

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