J1105N Nets for Nights

Kenya, Africa

The Situation

Every 2 minutes a child dies of Malaria, a treatable and preventable disease. Our project aims to reduce Malaria rates in children aged between 3 and 5 and HIV+ patients by providing Insecticide Treated Bed Nets to serve as a barrier and thereby preventing infection. Science has been working towards a vaccine for over 100 years and although they are closer than ever, they are still not there. So until such time as an effective vaccine is available we will protect the vulnerable with Nets.

In Kenya, malaria remains one of the greatest public health problems. In 2019 there were 229 million cases and 406,000 deaths due to Malaria worldwide. The Africa Region bears 94% of the burden. Children under 5 yrs. account for 64% of cases. World health experts agree that nets which have an insecticide barrier, are the most effective intervention to reduce malaria infections. Scale-up of insecticide-based interventions has averted more than 500 million malaria cases since 2000. In a World Health Organisation 5 year study of over 40,000 children it was found Long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) users had lower infection and disease incidence than did non-users across a range of resistance levels.

Australian partner, Hope’s Hill Nets for Nights Project will collaborate with Lead Mission our in-country partner in Kenya. The overall objective of this project is to mitigate morbidity and mortality caused by malaria in Kisumu East and Kisumu West sub counties (and later scaling up to the surrounding three counties as funds permit) by distributing long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINets) to children and HIV + Patients.

The Objectives

  1. To supply 8000 nets for 3-5 year olds at Early Childhood Development Centres and assist the centres to distribute to the beneficiaries
  2. To increase coverage of long-lasting insecticidal nets to reduce the risk of malaria infections.

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