The BBRC gave $5,000 towards this Global Grant project. Paul Osborn and his wife Teresa visited the area in July 2013, and the trip had a particularly strong personal meaning for Paul as he grew up in this region of Zambia (the Copperbelt) and this was his first time back since he left at the age of 7 in 1975,
This project was put together by the Rotarian Malaria Partners. More details are available here
Malaria elimination among target communities in Kalulushi and Lufwanyama districts by increasing access to prevention through improved collaboration among partners involved in prevention and control, increasing the use of insecticide treated bed nets, and raising community awareness of malaria and its prevention and control.
The population of Lufwanyama, consisting mainly of the Lamba ethnic group under Chief Shibuchinga and Chieftains Shimukunami, is estimated at 75,542 and 20% are children under-5. The main livelihood in the area is smallholder subsistence farming. Kalulushi on the other hand has a segment of the community working for the copper mine and the majority live as low-income dwellers in the peri-urban settlements on the periphery. It is these and the predominantly rural population that are the hardest hit by malaria. Sadly, it is also this section of the population, already poor and vulnerable that is also struggling to cope with the HIV/AIDS burden. Among them, the pregnant mothers and children under-5 are the worst affected by malaria.
Insecticide Treated Nets
88,600 nets in Kalulushi, and 60,500 nets in Lufwanyama. As designed, the project called for distributing 65,000 nets to households, boarding schools, and health facilities. However, through World Vision’s relationship with the President’s Malaria Initiative, an extra 81,100 nets were received, raising the total to 146,100. This provided coverage for more than 200,000 people.