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Scouts join the malaria movement

By Odera Wycliffe - Kenya

The Kenyan Boys’ Scout movement has joined hands with stakeholders to send bed nets to homes across the length and breadth of the country to help maintain the gains recorded in the anti-malarial campaign. 

The movement has teamed up with the Kenyan Public Health Ministry and others in a community based campaign to promote proper use of insecticide treated mosquito nets.

Under the initiative dubbed “Adopt a home net- hanging campaign” the  Scouts in partnership with Population Services International (PSI)  used members in community awareness and  practical demonstration of ideal  ways of mosquito net use within their respective communities.

 A 15-month pilot project, funded by the UK Aid Agency’s Department for International Development (UKAID/DFID) and the Malaria control unit within 36 malaria-prone districts across Kenya, has been completed.

Researchers say within the trial period a steady increase in the proportion of households owning mosquito nets over the study’s baseline, midterm and evaluation period was reported.

The pilot project engaged a total of 21,600 Scouts with each adopting between 7-10 homes, in Nyanza, Rift valley, Western and Coast Provinces.

Mr. Antony Gitau, Programme Co-ordinator, at PSI in Kenya reveals that, out of the total 155,000 households adopted for the pilot phase of adopt a home net- hanging campaign’, statistics indicate that the net ownership and usage increased to 79 per cent.

Mr. Gitau stresses that, “in comparing the findings on the number of nets owned to the Kenya Malaria indicator survey, net ownership was significantly higher than the national net ownership at the baseline.

He notes, “The number of children under the age of five who slept under treated mosquito nets, increased  within the 36 districts, and that the number of children who slept under a net the previous night from 66.2 % at the baseline to 71.9% at the end term.”

The report established a major increase on the population’s awareness regarding where to purchase a Mosquito net, from baseline to end line from 79.8% to 93% respectively.

Similarly a much greater increase was evident in the proportion of households that knew the nearest health facility where free nets were offered to children.

Speaking during the launch of the report findings at Muhoroni Academy, Kisumu county in early March, a representative from the Kenyan  Malaria control unit, James San’g said the scouts initiative was a major boost tothe country’s’ strategy to reduce malaria infections, and that the ministry would embrace a similar approach to reach a wider population

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