We continue to see spiking malaria rates at our healthcare center. In our analysis of our 2015 full year at the center, Malaria had the clear cut highest disease incidence among the adult, adolescent and children under five populations at our Fatmata Maternity Center in Sierra Leone, with over 1200 cases recorded for treatment in 2015 alone.
Funds raised from this campaign will help us to accomplish the below
continue reducing the impact of malaria by encouraging early detection and
interrupt malaria transmission by depleting mosquito breeding grounds and
encouraging good sanitation and self-protection by villagers
Sanitation leads have already been placed at post in each village to ensure villagers are compliant in good hygiene and sanitation practice; however consistent training and messaging will need to take place several times a year throughout the communities.
Twice a year (Spring and Fall), a team of 40 trained healthcare volunteers will go door to door in each community to perform below actions:
- Fill mosquito breeding grounds with oil to kill larvae
- Educate on the once a month implemented ‘clean day’: All villagers required to put pots out to dry and empty out water from any breeding grounds, non-compliance will come with a penalty fee
- Educate villagers of early warning signs and importance of treatment
- Encourage visit and awareness of our health center
- Encourage use of protective materials such as nets and loose, full clothing
- Pull villagers for random testing
- Encourage good waste disposal practice
- Work towards a solution for sanitation/public bathroom use
Cost and candidates benefited: There will be no cost to the villagers, this will be a program implemented to benefit the six communities surrounding our maternity clinic. Included communities: Blama Perri, Golahun, Juhun, Perri-Bo, Matagbema and Vaama. The total cost to implement the program 2X a year will be $3000.