Mosquito Nets Distributed in Somalia
Malaria remains the most common cause of illness and death in Somalia, particularly among pregnant women and children under the age of five. One of HIRDA’s main objectives is to drastically reduce the number of people infected with malaria.
Mobilisation and Distribution of Nets
In 2013, HIRDA, in line with its objectives, successfully conducted a project in Belet-Hawa and Bardera districts of Gedo region which consisted of two main activities: mobilization and advocacy to raise awareness on precautions people can take against malaria, and; distribution of the long lasting insectidal nets (LLINs), better known as mosquito nets. This has been done in cooperation with the Global Fund Malaria Programme of UNICEF.
Community Elders Direct the Medical Teams
In the mobilization phase, HIRDA organized teams who accorded the community elders and leaders the privilege to be part of the committee facilitating and directing the medical teams to the beneficiaries. Each team had a community leader with them as they visited the households in the target areas.
62,297 households received a net
In total, 62,297 households have been selected in the two districts and 124,000 mosquito nets distributed as clearly depicted in Table 1.
Spread The Word
Key facts about malaria were also provided, so that the beneficiaries are aware of how deadly malaria is and how they can prevent it. The teams met with key stakeholders in the community such as women group representatives, teachers, local administration, sheikhs and imams as they too would be able to spread the word to the community members.
Table 1: distribution of mosquito nets by HIRDA in Somalia in 2013
|Name of District
||No. of households
||No. Of LLINs