Malaria continues to be a problem globally, with an estimated 228 million cases and 405,000 deaths worldwide in 2018. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to bear a high proportion of the global malaria burden. In addition, children under the age of five are particularly vulnerable; in 2018, an estimated 272,000 children died from malaria, most of them in Africa. This means that we have a child dying from malaria every two minutes.
In Zambia, malaria transmission is high in all parts of the country due to high co-infection rates of HIV and malaria, water logging and poor sanitation. One third of households do not have even one mosquito net, while the rest may need more than one per household. In addition, less than 50% of children under the age of five sleep under a mosquito net, even though malaria can be fatal for them.
Effectiveness of the nets provided: a follow-up study of net beneficiaries showed that
over 90% of recipients knew how to hang and use the nets correctly.
Only 2% of households had torn or damaged nets.
after several months of use, none of the households had contracted malaria.
98% of the sampled households had increased knowledge about malaria and retreatment of nets, and an average of three children slept under the nets.
Sleeping under a mosquito net is the most cost-effective way to prevent malaria, according to the World Health Organization, and a single net that costs less than $ 5 can keep three malaria-free children healthy and in school. And since the nets can last up to two years, it only costs a few cents to keep children malaria-free and in school.
The provision of mosquito nets and education has made a significant difference in reducing the incidence of malaria. More specifically, the quality of life of beneficiaries has improved as a result of better understanding of the correct use, storage and re-treatment of mosquito nets.
fewer infections and deaths due to malaria.
fewer visits to hospitals/clinics being required due to better health.
Better health leads to better school attendance and fewer days of absenteeism.
Sleeping under mosquito nets can keep kids healthy
AMZDOGE Charity Foundation: 2023-2025 Zambia Project Activities
Our plan is to provide 30,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated nets per year to reduce the incidence of malaria, which will benefit 30,000 adults and 60,000 children. Nets will be provided to the most vulnerable: HIV-positive children and adults, pregnant women, the elderly and people infected with tuberculosis.
Beneficiary Communities: Based on needs and malaria transmission rates, AMZDOGE selected several urban and rural communities. City neighborhoods are Matero, Garden, Lusaka West and Mother of Mercy Hospice in Lusaka. The rural communities are Kafue (30 miles south of Lusaka) and Lwashimba (125 miles north of Lusaka). Many areas of these communities have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes due to high rates of malaria due to waterlogging and poor sanitation. Second, malaria rates are high in these communities because of high rates of co-infection with HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. Most residents cannot afford mosquito nets because they live on less than $2 a day, which the United Nations defines as extreme poverty. We believe we can work together to end malaria in the years to come. A malaria-free world would lead to healthier, more economically stable families and more sustainable communities.