Zambia is among the 20 countries with the highest malaria incidence and mortality globally. Most families living in resource poor neighborhoods, are vulnerable to malaria but do not have the information on how to prevent malaria or the resources to purchase mosquito bed nets. The country has put in place measures, such as provision of bed nets and training of health providers in the management of severe malaria, to address these issues. However, as of the end of 2018, about 40% of households did not have enough nets and in rural areas this number is higher.
To keep vulnerable families safe from malaria, 8,000 long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria and proper use of nets was provided in the first four months of 2021, as the malaria season runs from February to May. The provision of nets took place in a safe manner and COVID education was provided. Regular use of nets will reduce the incidence of malaria in beneficiary communities, so that adults miss fewer days from work and children can attend school.
Our goal is to provide an additional 5,000 to 7,000 long lasting insecticide nets and education before the next malaria season starts in October. This will bring the total to 13,000-15,000 bed nets benefitting more than 25,000-30,000 adults or 50,000-58,000 children as each net can sleep upto two adults or four children.
Thanks for keeping children and families free from malaria and COVID-19