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