provide mosquito nets to 350 orphans

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Two weeks or more
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This task is intended to combat the high rate of malaria among the orphaned children in the community of Mawoito. therefore if provided with nets, it will help in combating the spread of malaria in the community since this is currently the most killer disease in the community of Mawoito that is posing a threat among the children especially the orphaned children who lack parental care.

Providing mosquito nets is always a good start. It is also a good idea to educate these children as to when one is more prone to contracting the disease. You have mentioned that these children are orphaned. My concerns are, where do these children live and if they do have a roof over their heads, who is providing one for them and is it not possible to teach these people about the precautionary measures that should be taken? I do realise that one step forward is always better than no steps at all. But to ensure that your community is being protected properly, I feel that they should be taught on how to prevent the increase of the mosquito population, namely, by providing less suitable grounds for the mosquitoes to breed. Thus, with their new knowledge and with the added help from the mosquito nets, I am sure that you will find a solution in combating the high rate of the spread of malaria.

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Hi Alex, thanks for your concerns. We conducted a sensitization on malaria prevention in the village and this has actually led to low levels of malaria cases at the near by health centres. Nevertheless, the orphaned children mostly live under poor houses with no alternative for them to prevent catching malaria. In addition to that, some of the children live with their elder ones (child-headed) families who can not afford descent housing hence need for mosquito nets to enable them combat catching malaria.
Tonny

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Hello Tonny, thank you for making the picture alot clearer for me. Ok, so 350 mosquito nets are needed, what is the plan of action here. If possible, how is one able to assist. I will be doing a bit more research with regards to the nets here in SA. I am aware that a net is about 10$, is that correct? I have numerous other questions, but what I would like to know for now, is it more cost effective and obviously alot more of an efficient solution to purchase the nets locally, or would it be better to import them??? Thanks, Alexia

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Hi Alex, thanks for your reply.Its actually cost effective to procure the nets here than importing them. A net here in Uganda is at 10$ as you predicted and in case one is interested in assisting, then we can talk and see how best one can assist and i was of the view that you can suggest a way of how you may want to assist. We hope that in case we get these nets, all the children will be able to use them and this will reduce on the spread of malaria cases amongst the orphaned children.
I therefore suggest that we purchase the nets locally to reduce on the costs than importing them.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks Alexia for your deliberations and hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks
Tonny.

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Dear Tonny,
I have done some research and you are correct, it will be cheaper to purchase the nets locally. Avoiding transport costs etc. I am hoping to meet with a few people next week with regards to donating some monies towards this worthy cause. I would like to present the people that I will be approaching with more concrete evidence. If you could get a quotation from a store of how much the nets will cost and if possible the more one purchases, is a discount available. How would payment be made? Does the village have a bank account? And any other information that you think would be necessary to help with the fund raising. I await your response. Take care, Alexia

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Dear, Alexia, thanks for your inovations and i believe that they will yield good fruits for the benefit of the orphaned children here in Uganda. I will contact the suppliers of the nets for the quotation and i will scan and send it to you. But i will need to get your email address where am to send the attached scaned quotation. we have a bank account for the project and once we receive the money, its then transfered to the project account before its spent.
Hope to hear from you once again.

Thanks.
Tonny.

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Mawoito childcare project is urgently in need of mosquito nets for 350 orphaned children. Its now a rainy season and most of the families live under very poor housing facilities hence making them more susceptible to mosquitoes.
Any body who can come to our rescue is highly welcome.
Tonny

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Mawoito childcare project is urgently in need of mosquito nets for 350 orphaned children. Its now a rainy season and most of the families live under very poor housing facilities hence making them more susceptible to mosquitoes.
Any body who can come to our rescue is highly welcome.
Tonny

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Average: 4 (1 vote)

Till you get the mosquito nets, the following precautions could be immediately taken:

- breeding of mosquito larvae must be stopped. Mosquito larvae breed in stagnant water like stored water in houses, water tanks, drains, ponds, etc. All such stored water must be drained regularly wherever possible.

- depending on the breed of mosquitoes, they bite only at certain times of the day or night. One common breed of mosquitoes bites only during early morning around dawn and late evening around sunset. Depending on the breed of mosquitoes in your region, you can assess the approximate time of day and night when the mosquitoes bite, and educate the population about taking extra precautions during these times on a daily basis.

- there are popular herbs in several regions of the world, which the local populations regularly use to combat common problems. Basil is one common herb which is popular in many regions of the world as a preventive for common problems like infections, etc. For every herb there are the usual precautions to be ensured while taking these herbs. Of course allopathy does not recommend these herbs. The herbs are usually part of family traditions and beliefs, and are one of the routes of cheap alternate treatment. You could explore with the local population in case they have proven and successful herbal remedies. However, in case of any doubt, it is best to completely avoid this route.

- municipal bodies are responsible for regular spray of anti-malarial insecticides in the affected region. You can explore the possibilities of activating the concerned in your region.

The above are a few suggestions, but of course mosquito nets are the proven method of preventing mosquito bites in case no other action is taken to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.

Vijai

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Hi, thanks for all your above preventable measures that you have highlighted. Of course there are all good options for mosquito prevention however, this is a rural community where by the poor families are not able to afford such things like sparayin their houses. So given the nature of the community, we think provision of mosquito nets would be the ideal situation to curb down the spread of the disease (malaria) in the rural community. The treated mosiquito nets are the option to prevent the spread of the disease in the community.

Thanks
Tonny

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Hello Tonny,

Regarding - 'the poor families are not able to afford' - in your post above, the following might help the community:

- money is not required to remove collected water from drains, or household utensils, etc where mosquito larvae may be breeding. It is an activity to be done on a daily basis by each household on their own, and by themselves.

- money is also not required by the households to spray insecticides in the region. This is to be done by the local municipal bodies in your region. It also does not need any money for any member of the community to complain to the municipal bodies responsible for the area about the absence of spraying.

The options are only two:
- either prevent the breeding of mosquitoes in the region.
- or keep waiting for the mosquito nets to arrive.

A safe route can be a mix of both options - prevent the breeding of mosquitoes, while waiting for the mosquito net to arrive.

Meanwhile, I sincerely hope that the mosquito nets reach you soon.

Vijai

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Hi, thanks for your deliberations and we have done community sensitization on the above issues and the community members have done but being the fact that we are in tropical Africa, mosquitos still remain coming even though the stagnant water is prevented, they continuie to breed the communites that is why we are looking at mosquito nets as something that may help. However all the above options are good.
Thanks
Tonny

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Frantisek Korbel

Honored Nabuur neighbours,
please one company sent me a 25 USD coupon to spend on Amazon.com and to help this village I tried to buy the mosquito nets from link
http://www.amazon.com/Coghlans-Mosquito-Net/dp/B000KKB2OS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=...
but they do not ship this product to my location, so if anyone can help, please email on frantisek.korbel@volunteer.nabuur.org or recommend other solution.
Thank you very much and good bye.
Frantisek Korbel, Bratislava, Slovakia

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Frantisek,

Mosquitoes breed in tropical climates which are hot and humid. Your location at Slovakia may not have a mosquito problem.

Vijai

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Frantisek Korbel

Honoured Mr. Vijai Singh,
please the text of my previous post was updated, I tried to buy the mosquito nets for this village and also website on http://mawoito.help-for.org was created for them.
Please I work on several webs for Nabuur projects and can help also to your project, the list of my webs is on http://help-for.org
Thank you and good bye.
Frantisek Korbel, frantisek.korbel@volunteer.nabuur.org

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