Project ‘Fight against Malaria Shibinga - West Kenya' (2009-2011)
In the villages of the Shibinga region in Kenya, 8 children died every month in 2004. Malaria was a matter of course for the local population. Mothers were at the end of their wits: child after child had to be buried, while they too, suffered terribly from the disease. After a collection on Christmas Eve 2004 by the island parish of Ameland (the Netherlands), Bulechia was the first village to receive insecticide-treated mosquito nets. This was the first effective step in stopping malaria.
The results were immediate: children stopped dying and the number of (seriously) ill villagers declined dramatically. All of the poor families in the neighbouring villages that were still facing the horror of malaria noticed the positive results in Bulechia. Follow-up activities soon followed on Ameland, and village after village received the same effective help. The people of Ameland helped rid 16 villages and their ±15,000 inhabitants of malaria.
The Pioneer Group Bulechia is applying the same successful methodology in the villages in the region of Shibinga. In addition to providing preventive and curative treatment by handing out mosquito nets and drugs, future intervention will include granting micro-credits for the next generation of mosquito nets and help to destroy the malaria mosquito's breeding ground. Malaria No More's! planned intervention will help free another 70,000 or more inhabitants of the Shibinga region of the deadly and devastating Malaria Tropica disease.