Protecting Vulnerable Children from the Scourge of Malaria
Project location: TANZANIA, Kibondo
Project start date: April 2009 - Project end date: April 2010
Project number: 2008-52
Beneficiary: The foundation for social economic services
The burden of disease caused by malaria is monumental.
It is estimated that one child dies every second as a result of malaria in our region.
Malaria is reported as "a brake in development" as its economic burden on community is high whereas in TANZANIA, malaria is responsible for 40% of all under-five deaths
The children most at risk are those who live in isolated remote rural villages because they are shut out or excluded from accessing essential healthcare services. Their communities suffer from chronic neglect by the government as they lack health facilities, essential medicines, and health personnel
For most children in these communities , malaria is most important single cause of frequent school absenteeism, anemia, poor growth and delay in achieving development milestones. The constant battle against malaria is a case of survival or death.
ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT
The project of protecting vulnerable children from the scourge of malaria planned important activities , those funded and which form part of this activity report are :
1. Conduct community sensitization and initial project baseline assessment,
2. distribution of insecticide treated bednets to rural remote villages in Kibondo.
At this stage, in term of second installment, Five villages namely:
Five(5) sensitization meetings for thew need of involving community members have been made for one day in each village from August 2009 to March 2010 and involved health officers, village executive officers, government representative officers, community members committee and community leaders as participants.
FOSOESE also purchased and distributed 2500 treated bednets. The above quoted villages have been chosen as targets because of their vulnerability, and impossibility to benefit from health services .
This was done in presence of Health officers, village executive officers, government representative officers, community members committees and community leaders.
Results collected from diverse source indicates that case of malaria have been reduced at 70 % in families which benefited from bednets. And therefore, family income that was regularly used for malaria treatment have been for a great benefit to cover other important needs including school , clothing and other social basic needs.
Success stories collected from Kibondo Hospital and rural dispensaries and health post reported that case of death caused by malaria have been reportedly reduced as most affected was families from remote rural areas.
Assessment made by local governments where the project has been carried out show that the project has been a main contribution in saving the lives of thousands of children .
Kibondo counts about 40 villages which are in great need to have access to the project. This demand was made by the government and other community members after taking into consideration the impact brought about by the project in served villages.
This justifies FOSOESE's plan to extend this project in other villages to reduce the impact of malaria in Kibondo. There is a need to renew the project in order to cover the gap in other villages not reached by this project so that to combat malaria and reduce deaths caused by malaria for children under five.