Campaigns to reduce incidence of Malaria

 

UK Scouts have established close links with Scouts in 4 countries in sub Saharan Africa .  These links which have included regular visits to Uganda, Gambia, Ghana and Malawi date back almost 30 years.  It was therefore desirable to strengthen these links by providing funds which could be used to purchase and distribute insecticide treated bed nets (ITN).

 

These Scout Associations have then discussed with their Departments of Heath where it would be most effective to distribute these nets.  Then working together with the local District health officer, it was possible to identify vulnerable families and to organise a meeting to discuss

  • How one can prevent being bitten

  • How bed nets should be erected and used

  • If bitten why it was important to visit the nearest clinic as soon as possible

 

Scouts have then distributed these nets, helped with erecting them inside their homes and explained how to use the nets correctly to prevent being bitten.  Subsequently local Scouts have assisted in detecting anyone with symptoms resulting from a mosquito bite and explain why it is so important to seek help at the nearest clinic

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

                  31st January 2020

DONATION OF 200 TREATED MOSQUITO NETS TO TONTRO COMMUNITY IN THE EASTERN REGION

The team that went to the Tontro village’ in the EASTERN REGION for the donation of the mosquito nets:

  • Chief Commissioner                                       Louis Anopong Okyere

  • Accounts Officer                                            Stanley Adutwum Mensah

  • National Service Personnel                             Aisha Braimah

  • National Service Personnel                             Maxwell Ofosu

  • Membership Commissioner Greater Accra     Mary Eshun

  • Staff                                                                Prince Akese              

  • Executive Commissioner                                Abraham Nyankpen

The Ghana Scout Association in collaboration with UK scouts under project name “Scouts against Malaria”, distributed 200 treated mosquito nets to the people of Tontro in the Eastern Region on 31st January 2020.

The team were welcomed by the Chief of the Village by the name Nana Oscar. Introductions were done and the personnel who was sent to the village prior to the donation stated the purpose of theteam and after which we were granted the permission to do the distribution.

 

.The Chief of Tontro explaining to the people why they are gathered.

The Chief made the elder gathered the people in the village for the distribution to commence. Mary Eshun one of the team members stated the purpose of our coming to the village and educated them on how to fix and how to maintain the net so it can last longer. She pointed out that the reason for this exercise was to help curb down the rate at which lives are been lost to the deadly disease called malaria in Africa.

She said the exercise is to target mainly pregnant women, lactating mothers, children and the aged in society. Because they are the most affected people by the disease which is caused by mosquito bites and that they are the most vulnerable therefore to prevent this she urge all of them use the mosquito net every night.

.Madam Mary Educating the People on the importance of Using Mosquito Net

IExhibition by the team on how to fix a Mosquito Net

People of Tontro taking their Mosquito Nets

The Chief Commissioner thanked the chief and his elder and all the people in the community for the warm welcome, he encouraged them to make good use of the mosquito nets so as to protect themselves from malaria infection, which can disturb their health condition in the community.  He said the infection can be avoided not only with the use of the  mosquito nets, but also by cleaning their communities and makings sure their gutters are clean with no stagnant water, not only gutters but also water bodies that are stagnant should be well kept. Dumping of refuse into gutters and water bodies is something they must desist from as much as possible to help reduce the mosquito breed in the community.

The Chief Commissioner thanked the chief and his elder and all the people in the community for the warm welcome, he encouraged them to make good use of the mosquito nets so as to protect themselves from malaria infection, which can disturb their health condition in the community.  He said the infection can be avoided not only with the use of the  mosquito nets, but also by cleaning their communities and makings sure their gutters are clean with no stagnant water, not only gutters but also water bodies that are stagnant should be well kept. Dumping of refuse into gutters and water bodies is something they must desist from as much as possible to help reduce the mosquito breed in the community.

5th and 6th Malaria campaign, Chikwawa, Malawi

Howie Maujo reports -

‘With the financial support of UK Scouts, Malawian Scouts have been able to supply disadvantaged families and individuals that include widows, children with physical challenges, orphans who were affected by the cyclone IDAI. The camp that was identified through the Health Structure and the District Commissioner was ISOCampin the District of Chikwawa.

 

Health assistants, local chiefs and community members helped in the identification of vulnerable groups and families that were to benefit from the distribution of the ITN.

 

However it was also made clearly that all recipients misusing the nets distributed will be taken to justice

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