Dr. Brian Lisse gave a talk to help raise awareness and money to help wipe out malaria. The talk was taped and is now on YouTube.
Thanks to Doug Robinson-Johnson, Pastor United Parish of Auburndale, MA for inviting me.
23RD DECEMBER 2014.
SUBMISSION OF INDOOR RESIDUAL SPRAYING (IRS) PROJECT PROPOSAL FROM K2 TIGWIRANEMANJA AIDS SUPPORT ORGANISATION (K2TASO) TO BRIDGES MALAWI
On behalf of K2 Tigwiranemanja AIDS Support organization (K2 TASO) in Kasungu district, Malawi let me take this opportunity to submit a project proposal on IRS, (second phase) to Bridges Malawi in USA. We are very grateful for your support towards the first phase of similar exercise which took place from August to September 2014. Malaria still remains the number one cause of mortality and morbidity in children under the age of five years in Malawi. It is also one of the major threats to pregnant mothers in Malawi.
In the first phase of IRS project we sprayed three hundred and fifty three houses in Makanda village here in Kasungu east. In order to promote malaria prevention, besides IRS we also encouraged the rural masses of Makanda village to practice some environmental control measures like cutting short growing grasses around their houses and getting rid of stagnant waters as both remain good factors for the harboring and multiplication of mosquitoes, carriers of parasites which cause malaria. We will need to send you report on the prevalence rate of malaria from September 2014 to end February 2015 as the outcomes will be a comparator to the report (with similar six months period) which we initially sent you i.e. on the prevalence rate of malaria from January, 2014 to 30thJune 2014 and it was 16.1%.
In this second phase of IRS program it is our wish to scale up the program to the two villages neighboring with Makanda and these are Mphepo and Chinemba villages both of which are smaller villages than Makanda. We expect to run this IRS second phase for 16 days.
7th October 2014.
MALARIA PREVALENCE FOR MAKANDA AREA FROM 1ST JANUARY 2014 TO 30TH JUNE 2014
I hereby write to inform you that we collected data with regard to malaria prevalence in Makanda area which has a population of 1796 people. The number of people who suffered from Malaria i.e. confirmed malaria positive by either rapid diagnostic test or electronic microscope was 289 representing 16.1%. Out of the 289 it was found that 193 were children aged five years and below representing 66.7% of the malaria infected people. This data was collected from health centers which serve Makanda community i.e. St. Andrew’s hospital, Mtunthama health center, Wimbe health center and Njobvu health post. There was a total of 283 dwelling houses which were sprayed.
AIM OF THE IRS PROGRAM
Following the indoor residual spraying exercise carried out in Makanda village in September 2014 our target is to reduce malaria prevalence from 16.1% to 8% from 1st October 2014 to 31st March 2015. Our plans are to do the second spraying exercise in January 2015.
More comprehensible report on all the activities and expenditure will be submitted to you by next week. We are always grateful for your financial support towards the IRS program.