Mosquito nets save lives in Kenya
Providing mosquito nets to prevent malaria is an ongoing effort by Farmers Helping Farmers, in partnership with our twinned schools and women's groups in Kenya.
Every year, generous donations to our Holiday Campaign allow us to continue to distribute these nets.
2016 Mosquito Net Campaign
In 2016, a group of nursing students from UPEI conducted home and school health visits and gave advice on disease prevention, including de-worming, hand-washing hygiene and preventing malaria.
Retired nurse Nancy MacFadyen accompanied the group which also distributed 2,000 mosquito nets at schools in the Meru area.
Related Article: 2016 is the Year of the Mosquito Net for Farmers Helping Farmers!
2012 Mosquito Net Campaign
Farmers Helping Farmers also distributed mosquito nets in 2012 after Rosemary Herbert visited Kenya through the UPEI School of Nursing. She carried out a health assessment of students at all twinned schools in the Meru area as well as the children of Muchuui and Rujuu Women’s Group. She noted that malaria was still an issue for these children.
These mosquito nets were donated to Matuto School - thanks to a fundraising campaign by the Sunday School at Park Royal United Church in Charlottetown.
Based on her report, the FHF Education Committee decided to purchase mosquito bed nets for all children at these schools.
In total, 1,500 bed nets were needed to meet the needs of newly twinned schools and of new primary students enrolled at schools which had already received nets in the past.
Information from World Health Organization (2016)
Malaria is a life threatening disease that causes 655,000 deaths each year… but it is completely preventable and curable.
Information from World Health Organization
Malaria is a life threatening disease that causes about 216 million new cases and 655,000 deaths each year. With undeveloped or weakened immune systems, young children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to malaria. Malaria resulted in the death of approximately 12000 Kenyans in 2012 alone, and causes 4% of deaths in children under the age of 5. Malaria flourishes in warm, tropical climates and disproportionately impacts poor countries. Low income areas are at the highest risk for malaria and have the least access to services for prevention, diagnostic, and treatment of the life threatening disease.
Thirty-five countries (30 in sub-Saharan Africa and 5 in Asia) account for 98% of global malaria deaths. In Africa, malaria is the second leading cause of death from infectious disease, after HIV/ AIDS. Every minute, a child in Africa dies as a result of the disease.
Malaria is spread by mosquitoes infected with a parasite called Plasmodium, which in many parts of the world has developed resistance to malaria medicine. In humans, the parasite multiplies in the liver and infects red blood cells, thus distrupting blood flow to vital organs. Symptoms usually appear between 10 and 15 days after a mosquito bite and include fever, headache, chills, and vomiting. These symptoms often get ignored or misdiagnosed; if left untreated, malaria can quickly become fatal.
Malaria is preventable and curable. Although increased efforts are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many areas of the globe, millions of people are without the proper prevention, diagnostic and treatment tools to eradicate the disease. Your donation of a mosquito net is an effective prevention tool because the infected mosquitos are most active at night. In 2015, 25% of Kenyans did not have a mosquito bed net. Something as simple as a bed net can save lives and help in the race to eradicate malaria.
All of the info added is from the WHO World Malaria Report (December 2015) and fact checked against the Kenya WHO Statistical profile (Jan 2015).