Between June 27th and 30th, The Isdell: Flowers Cross Border Malaria Initiative (I:F CBMI) supported the distribution of 1,000 long lasting insecticide treated bed nets to communities in Binga District, Zimbabwe. Binga District Hospital, and the Wards of Simatelele, Saba, and Chunga were targeted for distribution based on need and severity of malaria. Hundreds of malaria cases have already been identified in these communities during the first five months of 2017.
Pregnant women and children under five were prioritized during the distribution, as they are most susceptible to malaria. The distribution was conducted in close partnership with Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health and Child Care.
With support from I:F CBMI, The Anglican Diocese of Bulawayo oversees a cadre of Village Health Workers and Malaria Control Agents who are responsible for registering households ahead of the net distribution. Village Health Workers will also follow-up will all households that received a net to ensure the nets are hung properly and being used every night.
Thanks to the hard work of I:F CBMI Zimbabwe Program Manager Pulelo Bhebhe and Charles Siachema of the Binga District Medical Office for providing those in need with life-saving bed nets. The distribution was also made possible thanks to Binga Field Officers First and Anton, and the committed Village Health Workers under their supervision.