- Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria.
- Malaria is a preventable disease.
- Ten dollars buys a long lasting net that protects a child for 3-5 years.
Through the recent Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) survey, undertaken by the Akado clinic last month, an assessment of the neighborhoods and areas to receive long lasting malaria bed nets was undertaken. The Akado Clinic and its staff identified 7,307 households without bed nets. Along with collecting these numerical results the most at risk households to benefit from the six thousand nets were determined using the following criteria: the number of children under 5 in the household, if the household included a pregnant mother, if the household was headed by a child, abandoned children, households with people living with HIV/AIDS; and the overall household population density. Special consideration will also be given to orphaned and vulnerable children under the care of desperate aged grandparents and the rural fisher- folk households living within the impoverished and densely populated fishing-slums in the beach areas.
From the RNA, it also clearly emerged that there is still a lot of misconceptions and myths associated with malaria. With the majority of those surveyed believing that malaria is spread by eating some kinds of food i.e. sugarcane; unripe mangoes, by walking in the rain or by walking in the sunlight.
Children also tend to receive late treatment after malaria symptoms have onset with one of the primary reasons being the cultural practices that requires a sick woman or child can only go to the hospital after seeking permission from the husband. Other reasons include long distances to travel to the nearest hospital and extreme poverty that reduces these households ability to meet medical costs
The six thousand nets are now in Nairobi and will soon be in Mbita, hopefully by next week. The plan is to distribute the nets in 10 different areas over the course of the month of June 2007. Both photos, video will be taken and posted on the website, along with a one page summary of the distribution.
Magdalene Ouma, the Chief Administrator of the Akado Clinic has stated, “This donation of six thousand malaria bed nets will go into local history book as the largest consignment of insecticide treated nets ever distributed to the poorest and most marginalized households in the Mbita region by either a non-governmental organization or a CBO. We also wanted to draw your kind attention that the nets provided by Kenyan government have failed to reach the poorest pregnant women and desperate children less than 5 years old, since the majority cannot meet the costs and conditions imposed by the government.”