Mosquito net distribution in Gedo and lower Jubba region in Somalia
As a part of its health program, HIRDA foundation has distributed mosquito nets to 97.914 households in Gedo and Lower juba Regions. Malaria remains central to the health status of various communities in the Lower Juba region. Malaria is one of the causes of morbidity in these regions. At least 15% of households reported having lost a member to malaria implying further invaluable impact on families.
Partnership with Global Fund Malaria program
HIRDA had signed an agreement with Global Fund Malaria Programme of UNICEF to support the implementation of national malaria strategy project through increasing the malaria awareness and distribution of Long-lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in Belet-Hawa, Garbaharey, Dollow, Bardera and Kismayo districts of Gedo and lower Jubba regions respectively. The objective of the project is to drastically reduce maternal morbidity and mortality rate due to malaria in Somalia, particularly in Gedo and Lower Jubba regions.
Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs)
The Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs), prevent mosquito bites transmitting malaria parasites between people and reduces re-infection of people that have been recently cured. Therefore, LLINs can save six lives per year for every 1.000 families using it, if consistently and correctly used.
Prior to the distribution HIRDA with the support of UNICEF representatives organized to meetings with the stakeholders to mobilize the community and raise awareness about the dangers of malaria and the benefits of the LLINs.
The Ministry of Health and the local community leaders were directly involved in order to make sure that the key messages were conveyed in the best way possible without any barrier forthwith. In these community mobilization meetings, 5580 members of the community were involved. HIRDA employed a good number of community mobilizers who diligently work closely with the local community Leaders.
All in all, the distribution was successful, however, there have been challenges. For instance, the size of the family was not considered which led to a shortage of nets.