Preventing malaria amongst school-age children – Zambia

Charity:
The Butterfly Tree

The Butterfly Tree transforms the lives of orphans and vulnerable people living in rural Zambia, decimated by the HIV and Aids pandemic.

Country

Zambia

Start Year:

2023

Run Time:

1 year

Participant Age:

5-16

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Zambia is one of the top 20 countries where malaria is most prevalent: between 4-5 million cases are recorded each year. Insecticide-treated nets continue to provide a considerable level of protection. The directive from the Ministry of Health states that children under five and pregnant women are the priority groups. Consequently, school children are being left out and can contract the disease resulting in serious long-term health issues and absenteeism. 

The Butterfly Tree is a non-political UK charity and Non-Government Organisation in Zambia, founded in 2006 to support orphans and rural communities decimated by the HIV pandemic.  The charity provides funds to construct boreholes, health and education facilities, food security, malaria and HIV prevention, community housing, sustainable income-generating enterprises for women, sports projects, and an orphan support programme.

Working with the Ministry of Health in Zambia, the Butterfly Tree will distribute mosquito nets with insecticidal coating to school children and teachers in rural areas of the Kazungula District, where malaria is prevalentThrough this project, 1,150 mosquito nets will be distributed to targeted schools. Every child and teacher will receive a locally sourced mosquito net with instructions for use. 

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