October 2021 - African Response to Malaria and COVID
Dear Friend: Happy October! Malaria, a preventable and curable disease, kills more than 400,000 people each year with Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for 90% of malaria cases and deaths. In 2020, malaria prevention programs in several countries were hampered due to pandemic restrictions. However, Sub-Saharan countries demonstrated tremendous leadership in controlling malaria even during these difficult times. For example, health workers in Nigeria, Zambia and Mozambique came up with innovative techniques so that malaria deaths and cases were not as high as predicted at the start of the pandemic. Accurate real-time data; reliable supply chains to bring medicines and resources where they are needed most; and cross-country collaborations were employed to counteract both malaria and COVID.
In Zambia, malaria season begins next month and runs up till May. Our goal is to keep vulnerable families safe from malaria through the provision of an additional 7000-10,000 insecticide treated nets this year. Nets will be provided in a safe manner and the event will be accompanied by a demonstration and education session on malaria and COVID prevention. Keeping malaria cases to a minimum is important to stabilize family incomes as adults lose fewer days at work and children avoid missing school.
Provision of 15,000 long lasting insecticide treated nets this year will benefit 25,000-50,000 adults/children as each net can sleep up to four young children or two adults. Your donation can keep vulnerable families malaria free and children in school. Every dollar counts. And, as always, 100% of your donations go towards programs and no part is used for overheads.
Your friends at the Power of Love Foundation