Malaria Initiative Succeeding
Released on = April 12, 2005, 11:21 am
Press Release Author = Dottie Duncan
Industry = Non Profit
Press Release Summary = Africa Malaria Day, April 25, is a reminder that Malaria is
one the deadliest diseases in the world -- killing more than one million people per
year, mostly poor women and young children in tropical countries.
Because of this urgent need, in 2002, Freedom from Hunger, with help from the drug
company GlaxoSmithKline, launched an anti-malaria pilot program in six West African
Press Release Body = Malaria Initiative Succeeding
Africa Malaria Day, April 25, is a reminder that Malaria is one the deadliest
diseases in the world -- killing more than one million people per year, mostly poor
women and young children in tropical countries. Because of this urgent need, in
2002, Freedom from Hunger, with help from the drug company GlaxoSmithKline, launched
an anti-malaria pilot program in six West African countries.
This Malaria Initiative educates women in poor rural areas about malaria; brings
them access to subsidized, insecticide treated bednets; and provides linkages to
local health services for treatment. Education, provided in the form of role-play,
story and song, is the key because it teaches women who have never been to school
how to prevent malaria, when and how to treat it, and even how to organize community
Overcoming Cost Barriers
Many women whose families are threatened by malaria cannot afford
insecticide–treated mosquito nets. So Freedom from Hunger has convinced
manufacturers and distributors to provide the nets at a substantially reduced cost
(about $4 per net). Freedom from Hunger also arranged for local sources of
appropriate and reliable anti-malarial drugs to be provided at reasonable prices to
individuals when the disease strikes. Because Freedom from Hunger’s Malaria
Initiative is layered onto a self-financing microcredit program, women gain
sustainable access to credit to build home-based business, earning money to buy nets
and pay for health services.
In a recent visit to program areas in Burkina Faso, it was seen that many of the
women had already purchased the nets and the rest were setting aside money to buy
them soon. One participant, Fatoumata Monomata, expressed the essence of the
program, "I learned how to keep my children safe from malaria." By the end of the
three-year pilot, the Malaria Initiative will be reaching 180,000 women in West
Wherever poverty, hunger, and poor health combine they often form a vicious cycle
that lasts for generations. To break this chain of hopelessness permanently,
Freedom from Hunger will make the anti-malaria activities a regular part of the
Credit with Education program whenever it is implemented in malaria-endemic areas.
The women themselves cover the local costs of the anti-malaria program through
earnings generated by their loan repayments. The powerful combination of services
provided by Credit with Education creates a ladder out of poverty, hunger, and ill
health—with each step leading to a life of self-reliance, health, and hope.
To read more about our Malaria Initiative visit our Web site:
About Freedom from Hunger
Freedom from Hunger is an international development organization working in sixteen
countries across the globe. Our Mission is to bring innovative and sustainable
self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Together with
local partners, we equip families with resources they need to build futures of
health, hope and dignity. Freedom from Hunger is a nonprofit, nongovernmental,
non-sectarian organization classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity.
To learn more about Freedom from hunger visit our Web site:
Web Site = http://www.freefromhunger.org/malaria.html
Contact Details = Dottie Duncan
589 8th Avenue 10th Floor, New York NY 10018
(212)868 - 4300
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