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Distributing mosquito nets in Malawi

Day: 171

KLMS: 25,655

Firstly, thank you so much to everyone who has donated to Against Malaria Foundation, and sorry it has taken so long to post! We ended up raising over $1,200 which funded over 400 nets! It was a great feeling to join the distribution team in Balaka and see all the nets we’d funded with your kind donations. We were only able to join the distribution for a short time, but what we saw in that time was so impressive and reaffirmed why we chose to support Against Malaria Foundation – we can promise you, your donations have gone to an extremely important and valuable cause.

The NGO debate is a big one in Africa, just how effective is aid relief and does it do more harm than good? To be honest, we’d become quite sceptical having seen a number of poorly implemented projects, resulting in either huge amounts wastage or harmful impacts on local economies so we were keen to see what the secret was to AMF’s success.

Firstly, the AMF select a local distribution partner, in this case Concern Universal, harnessing their local knowledge to better understand the needs of the local people as well as being able to form strong relationships with the different villages,  particularly their chiefs who were the key to ensuring the successful continuation of the project post-distribution. Six months prior to the distribution,   a pre-registration phase is completed whereby each villager must register themselves and include details of how many people are in their household and how many sleeping spaces they have. Based on this information the distribution team are able to create a database for each village and allocate the correct number of nets.

On distribution day, we met with the team early and drove out to a remote village in the Balaka district. By 8am the mercury was already in the late 20’s, it was going to be a sweltering day! By the time we’d arrived, villagers from the surrounding area were already waiting for us, it was time to get the show on the road! Firstly the villagers were given talks about Malaria awareness from a local health officer, what it is, how to prevent it and why the nets are so important. Demonstrations were then given, to show how the net needs to be installed and villagers then had a chance to discuss any issues or questions. The educational part is vital to ensure that they understand why they are receiving nets and deter them from mis-using the nets for fishing, clothing or protecting crops.

Demonstrating how the nets need to be hung

Demonstrating how the nets need to be hung

The distribution process itself ran very smoothly and very quickly, despite there being five different villages and over 1300 nets distributed in one day (and this was only a small pilot to check that the process was working!) We took the nets  out of their packets (to prevent them being re-sold) and the villagers were then called up in small groups to collect their nets providing a signature or finger print to confirm they have collected it all under the watchful eye of the village chief to ensure people were, who they say they were.

Getting the nets ready for distributing

Getting the nets ready for distributing

The nets all ready to go

The nets all ready to go

All nets provided by Against Malaria Foundation

All nets provided by Against Malaria Foundation

Villagers provide signatures using finger prints

Villagers provide signatures using finger prints

We were so impressed with the efficiency of the distribution and how well the key project managers Nelson, Chimwemwe and Hazel had organised everything – the work they’re doing here is outstanding and their results are proof of this – over 80%  of nets are still installed 6months later and in some areas they are reporting over 50% drop in malaria rates.

So thank you again to everyone who donated to this very worthy cause, you’ll soon be able to see photos of the net distribution against your donations on our fundraising page as confirmation the nets you funded have been successfully distributed. And of course a huge thank you to everyone at Against Malaria Foundation and Concern Universal for allowing us the opportunity to come and work with you!

And of course, if you haven’t donated yet, there’s still plenty more nets needed across Africa! You can still donate to our fundraising page http://www.AgainstMalaria.com/morgansafari

Busy handing out nets

Busy handing out nets

The village chiefs watch closely over proceedings

The village chief (RHS) watches closely over proceedings

Happy Villager with all her nets

Happy Villager with all her nets

Richard with Concern Universal Project Managers, Nelson and Chimwemwe

Richard with Concern Universal Project Managers, Nelson and Chimwemwe

The whole Universal Concern team

The whole Concern Universal team

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Help us raise money for Against Malaria Foundation

So here we are in Balaka, Malawi, taking time out of our travels to lend a hand to our chosen charity, Against Malaria Foundation as they begin their next mosquito net distribution. As part of our travels, we were keen to find a way of giving something back and helping out where we could. We chose to support Against Malaria Foundation, due to its simple but very effective methods of protecting people against Malaria through the distribution of mosquito nets. Every net is carefully logged and allocated to heads of households who have registered to receive a net. The nets are then taken by distribution teams to the villages to install the nets correctly and educate people about Malaria prevention. We’re so pleased to have the opportunity to come and help out, but also to see the charity in action.

Through our fundraising page we have already raised over $1,000, which is 326 nets! However, as with all charitable efforts, we would love to raise more! So if you’ve been enjoying following our adventures, it would be great if you could show your support and take a moment to make a donation, every net counts! Just click the link below!

http://www.againstmalaria.com/morgansafari

The most effective means of prevention of Malaria is sleeping under a mosquito net Specifically a Long-Lasting Insecticide treated Net (LLIN)

Each net costs $4/€3/£2.50
Malaria kills more than one million people every year and over half a billion fall ill:
70% of the deaths are children under 5
Malaria is the world’s single largest killer of pregnant women
90% of the deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa
Malaria is totally preventable and treatable. Nobody need die. Prevention is better than treatment.

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Giving something back

As part of our adventure, we feel it’s important to give something back and so have chosen a charity that we want to support – Against Malaria Foundation

The Against Malaria foundation is a charity that stood out for us, due it’s simple, yet cost effective strategy for saving lives. Simply put, a mosquito net can save a life – malaria is a completely preventable disease, yet over 1 million people die from it every year.  The AMF raise money to buy mosquito nets, which are then distributed across Africa – each net is carefully monitored and tracked to ensure that it reaches the people who need them. Unfortunately many charities struggle to ensure the proceeds reach the right destination and so the effective distribution &  follow up process that AMF have established ensures the nets get to where they’re needed.

We hope to get involved with AMF and join up with the distribution teams in Malawi – but before we can help with the distribution – WE NEED YOUR HELP TO BUY NETS!! Each net only costs about US$4 – lasts around 4years and can protect 2 people. It would be amazing to get to Malawi knowing we’ve funded a truck load of nets, that will save many lives  🙂

Please help us to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause, by clicking on the link below 

http://www.againstmalaria.com/Fundraiser.aspx?FundraiserID=6673

 

 

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