In Nigeria and other countries of Africa, Malaria is an endemic disease that threatens the survival of children between 0-5 years, responsible for majority of still births, increase in maternal mortality, depleting family income and stifling economic development in the rural areas.
In fact, malaria is the greatest killer disease in Nigeria, 97% of the Nigerian population is at risk of malaria infection. It accounts for about 60% of outpatient cases in health facilities and approximately 300,000 annual deaths. It is also responsible for 25% of all infant related mortality, 30% of child related mortality and 11% of maternal mortality.
In the rural communities of Nigeria, several factors, such as the myth and misconceptions surrounding the cause of Malaria contribute to the increasing scourge. Among illiterate villagers in these communities, there is a popular belief that malaria is caused by excessive exposure to sunlight, high intake of edible palm oil or over consumption of soft drinks like Coke. These beliefs differ from community to community, accounting for why there are different local treatment methods in these communities.
Our Project, Donate Nets: Stop Malaria: Save more Lives! is therefore a campaign designed to educate and transform these age-long misconceptions, behaviors and attitudes into scientifically proven causes and cost-effective methods of prevention and treatment of malaria.
The tasks before us…
For the estimated 3,000 children who fall victim to malaria every day and for those who survive to suffer its debilitating complications, getting access to a protective net and a dose of effective treatment, at the approximate cost of $13, makes the difference between life and death and between economic opportunity and abject poverty.
Therefore, the overall objectives of this campaign are:
- To increase understanding about the causes of malaria, its transmission processes, prevention and treatment methods.
- To acquire and distribute insecticide treated nets as well as demonstrate how they are used in homes for the prevention of malaria, and
- To increase awareness and knowledge about good and cost-effective environmental sanitation practices that can prevent and control the spread of malaria, such as clearing of bushes around homes, clearing of drainage, proper disposal of domestic wastes, disposal of stagnant water bodies, etc.
Our passionate appeals…
Reducing the impacts malaria is having in the rural communities of Imo State, Nigeria and their economies is possible. We seek your partnership and support, in whatever form to promote this campaign.
We are in need of insecticide treated nets for distribution to families in the rural areas. We also need environmental sanitation equipment like shovels, machetes, cutlasses, etc for bush clearing, clearing of drainages, etc. to facilitate the community services provided by our volunteers.
Make a donation now to enable us acquire Insecticide Treated Nets and other equipment mentioned above.
Remember, when you are stopping malaria, you are saving more lives!