Malaria is a major killer in the area, particularly of pregnant women and under-fives, so prevention through education and providing subsidized nets is vital. If everyone in Africa slept under a bed-net for a year, malaria would be eradicated. The outreach approach is very effective here, working with vulnerable people in the villages. Evaluation of the sessions and net sales show that people use the nets more effectively if they pay a small amount towards them, and value them less if they are provided free. Villagers contribute about 90p towards a net that costs the clinic about 8.
As it was the rainy season, very sick children were a daily occurrence in the clinic, and it was hugely gratifying to see desperately ill infants with cerebral malaria being brought round with intravenous quinine. Without treatment, they would certainly have died. Parents often brought their children miles, either on foot, on the back of boda-bodas (motorbike taxis) or on bicycles, because word had spread that the clinic saves lives. We treated many other diseases and conditions, but malaria was by far the most prevalent.
I was incredibly impressed by what I saw and so grateful for the experience given to me by the wonderful clinic staff. I promised to try and raise funds for them, as their work is entirely dependent on charitable donations. Many people are understandably concerned about giving to African charities for fear that their money will fail to reach those who need it. This small but very local charity uses everything it gets for the people it serves nothing is wasted. If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile cause, I will ensure that all donations reach the clinic. All gifts will be greatly appreciated.
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