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 September 2013.
Profile of Beneficiaries
Nets were provided to 1000 families in the Matero township in Lusaka, Zambia. The Matero Township is densely populated and most of areas are waterlogged and have sewer ponds. Due to the high prevalence of malaria in this area, we have been providing nets since 2009. The beneficiaries of the 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, and vulnerable children who attend the Safe Park program and members of the community who are vulnerable to malaria. In order to reach the intended beneficiaries we involved several community organizations such as Churches, and government health clinics, to identify and distribute nets through their representatives.
A list of the organizations/beneficiaries with the number of nets provided is given below:
- Kapiri-Mposhi (a rural area in Zambia with a high incidence of malaria): 300
- Children and families in our pediatric HIV care program: 350
- Women in our micro loans program: 80
- Families in the community of Matero (identified via Safe Park program): 65
- Health Clinics (including Government Clinics): 85
- Local Churches: 75
- Community Organizations (e.g. Matero Police, Kwasha Mukwenu): 45
Most of the beneficiaries were children who are HIV positive, children under the age of five years, pregnant moms, women who are breast feeding, and HIV positive children, and adults who are infected with TB. These sections of the population are most vulnerable to malaria as their immune system is compromised due to their HIV positive status, and because co-infection rates between malaria, HIV and TB are very high.