Friday, March 19, 2010

Mosquito Net Drive

Above: pictures from Wednesday’s clinic immunization, where babies were given shots and medication, and mosquito nets were handed out.

Our clinic has been breaking a lot of records recently. February saw 2,260 people come in for treatment, which is incredible given how we shut the clinic down for a few days, and that it was already a short month to begin with (to put that number in context, we averaged 1,126 patients per month for the entire of 2009.) So when trends like this start to pop up, we all ask ourselves, “why?” We don’t have to ponder that for more than a few seconds. The reason is Malaria. Malaria is devastating the area we live in… over 1,500 of the cases we attended to in February were for Malaria.

Another dispersal of nets was carried out this Wednesday during the weekly clinic immunization (we talked about immunizations a while ago), in the village of Kikakata. 50 nets were handed out to the needy families in the area. We’d love to do more.

We experience Malaria not only in the external community, but also with our own staff. For just a few dollars you can buy a treated mosquito net that will go a long way to keeping our staff, and their children, safe from the ravages of this disease. If you would like to contribute, check out the link below.

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