According to the World Health Organization half of the world’s population are at risk of malaria. While there are four parasites that can cause malaria in humans, Plasmodium falciparum is by far the most deadly and common, this strain is prevalent in Zambia. Malaria prevention is the key to stopping malaria. Children under five and pregnant women are most at risk.
MALARIA KILLS ONE CHILD EVERY 60 SECONDS
- Globally malaria is the biggest killer of man, especially in Africa
- 75% of people who die from malaria are children under 5 mostly in sub-Sahara Africa
Malaria disease caused by P. falciparum may result in death within hours or a few days of infection especially in those with a low immunity such as children, pregnant women, people with AIDS and travellers with little or no malaria protection. It can also result in the miscarriage of pregnant women, low birth-weight infants, developmental disabilities and other complications.
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How People Get Malaria (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention)
How is malaria transmitted?
Usually, people get malaria by being bitten by an infective female Anopheles mosquito. Only Anopheles mosquitoes can transmit malaria and they must have been infected through a previous blood meal taken from an infected person. When a mosquito bites an infected person, a small amount of blood is taken in which contains microscopic malaria parasites. About 1 week later, when the mosquito takes its next blood meal, these parasites mix with the mosquito’s saliva and are injected into the person being bitten.
Because the malaria parasite is found in red blood cells of an infected person, malaria can also be transmitted through blood transfusion, organ transplant, or the shared use of needles or syringes contaminated with blood. Malaria may also be transmitted from a mother to her unborn infant before or during delivery (“congenital” malaria).
Zambia Malaria Statistics
According to Unicef :
- Of all people who die from malaria in Zambia, 50 percent or more are children under 5 years of age
- 50 percent of under-5 hospital admissions are due to malaria
- Malaria accounts for 20 percent of maternal deaths.
2014 Malaria Prevention Projects – Kazungula District
The Butterfly Tree has been given a licence to import two safe new Malaria Prevention products which could potentially save the lives of thousands of children in Zambia. The products Mozzimort and Larvamort, produced by Biotech International, can not only help to prevent malaria but also river blindness (Onchocerciasis), also known as Robles disease, which is caused by a black fly. One in ten people suffer from this condition in the Northern and Western Provinces of Zambia and up until now there have been no preventative methods available.
At the beginning of May the data was presented to the Ministry of Health’s Enviormental Agency, the Food and Drugs Department and the Malaria Control Board. The products have been approved and we are being granted licencing for the importation, storage, transport and distribution, which will last for three years.
Due to the unprecedented amount of rain between December and April there has been a considerable increase in new cases of malaria in the Mukuni Chiefdom and the Kazungula District as a whole. Additional nets and Malaria Prevention workshops are being provided by The Butterfly Tree.
Mosquito nets for Malaria Prevention in Zambia are distributed where their is a government shortfall. Under fives and pregnant women are given priority.
2013 Malaria Prevention – Mukuni Chiefdom:
NO new cases of malaria reported in under-fives. Also reported – ZERO deaths caused by malaria.
The Butterfly Tree helps to increase awareness and raise funds to assist the fight against malaria in Zambia. The charity provides malaria prevention in the form of testing kits, mosquito nets and educational workshops in remote villages. Early testing is imperative – although malaria cannot be cured it can be easily treated. Workshops inform the people of the importance of being tested and how sleeping under insecticide-treated nets can save lives.
Until there is a cure it is crucial that people in developing countries sleep under an impregnated mosquito net. Unfortunately the government in Zambia is not able to cover the entire nation and the rural villages have the largest shortfall. The Butterfly Tree has provided thousands of nets to remote communities in the Mukuni, Nyawe and Sikute Chiefdoms, where the number of new cases of malaria has dropped to two to three per month. In Mukuni there has been no new cases of malaria in under-fives since January 2013 and no deaths caused by malaria.
We have recently identified an area in the Nyawa Chiefdom where six new cases a week are being reported at Kauwe Health Centre. Malaria in Zambia is prevalent all year round and one of our priorities is to raise funds to provide 3300 mosquito nets for this community, especially for the young children and expectant mothers who are so vulnerable.
December 2013 saw the distribution of several hundred nets to Kauwe Health Centre in the Nyawe Chiefdom.
Help Malaria Prevention in Zambia
Just £2 ($3) will buy testing kit and £5 ($10) will buy a mosquito net which can save a life.
|All donations go directly into malaria prevention projects – mosquito nets, Mozzimort, Mozzimort larvicide and educational workshops|
Latest Happenings WITH OUR Malaria Prevention Project
End Malaria For Good
The Butterfly Tree in partnership with Vectorcide International introduces safe innovative malaria prevention method for World Malaria Day 2016
Malaria is the biggest killer of man – every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria. People all over the globe come together to mark this significant day.
- In 2015, there were 214 million cases, and 438 000 deaths from Malaria
- 3.2 billion (half the world’s population) are at risk
- In 2015, 97 countries had on-going malaria transmission
- The global malaria mortality rate was reduced by 60% in 2000 – 15, and an estimated 6.2 million lives were saved as a result of a scale-up of malaria interventions
We are the first charity is the world to use Vectorcide’s safe insecticidal coating and Larvicide granules to help eradicate malaria in Zambia. Both these products are highly effective, with no new cases of malaria being reported in areas of application. The products are harmless to humans, animals and the environment.
To mark this day The Butterfly Tree is hosting an event, to showcase our work in malaria prevention, at Kamwi Village in the Mukuni Chiefdom. Members of the Ministry of Health and local communities will be in attendance. Two of our team Mrs Maseka, a government Environmental Officer and Stain Musungaila will be the presenters. Stain has lost five family members to this devastating disease.
For the past eight years we have donated a vast number of mosquito nets in the Mukuni, Sekute and Nyawa Chiefdoms adding extra protection. A substantial donation will be offered to mark World Malaria Day.
The Butterfly Tree is appealing for donations to distribute more of these life-saving products in Zambia, and other areas where there is a high prevalence of malaria. Thank you to Saga, Medisave, Inner Wheel Clubs District 6, Karmakarma and all the individual donors who have already supported our malaria prevention programme.
Please DONATE Just £5 ($8) will protect a family home or buy a mosquito net.
Funding for Schools and Health Centres
I have just returned from Zambia after two weeks visiting the projects and sourcing new ones. Despite the drought, late rains provided a much needed supply of water, streams are filling up and the vegetation is lush and green. Millet and sorghum crops are growing well, but the early maize crops perished, the wet season is almost over and it will be at least six months before the next rains fall.
As always there are many projects to inspect, most especially the completed clinic at Mambova, funded by a private donor, which was a delight to see. The old crumbling clinic was infested with bats, so seeing patients being attended to at the new premises was a humbling experience. I also visited Musokotwane Clinic to donate blankets knitted by Inner Wheel District 6 Clubs and to offer them a Women’s Shelter funded by The Besom.
On other health issues we are getting great feedback from the new malaria prevention initiative, especially from Chuunga area where no new cases of malaria have been reported. In November we provided over 1,000 households with the safe insecticide coating – the results have been quite astonishing. More funds are needed to help other areas where there is a high prevalence of malaria. KarmaKarma‘s donation to purchase mosquito nets will give additional protection, the organisation also donated money to pay school examinations fees.
As always I spent a great deal of time with the orphans and located new ones to be sponsored. Regrettably HIV is still on the increase, therefore we have stepped up our HIV prevention workshops using Meet Mutsa’s peer education method. It’s heart breaking to see so much loss. The younger generation must be protected. We have enrolled several of our former sponsored orphans, who have now completed high school, to be trained as peer educators.
It was a busy time at the schools, now on a month’s break. Sinsimuku Community School development is under way thanks to a further donation from Attraction Tickets Direct. We distributed more school bags at River View School through our partnership with School in a Bag, and Monde par la Main/Give a Hand donated funds for text books – Mukuni, River View, N’dele and Sinsimuku are the beneficiary schools.
I am more determined than ever to create awareness and increase our fundraising efforts to provide much needed resources for water, food, health and education projects. We are very grateful to Colour Graphics who has kindly donated flyers, posters and banners to help with our campaign.
Providing Water, Food, Health and Education Projects
Ten years ago today I boarded a flight in Livingstone after spending an amazing week in one of the most stunning parts of Africa. The magnificent Victoria Falls is a World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. The area has an abundance of activities including game drives, elephant back safaris, river cruises and a cultural visit to Mukuni Village.
Little did I know that a visit to this renowned village would have such an impact on me and that I would be running a charity to support orphans and vulnerable children. Nor did I imagine that I would have a global following of volunteers and supporters and be working in over one hundred villages in remote areas of Zambia.
Three weeks later I returned to Mukuni Village with my son younger son David. Inspired by three little girls, and after seeing so much need, The Butterfly Tree Charity was born. The following year we registered as an NGO in Zambia, which included the UK team and some remarkable local people who are still with me.
What started as a project to sponsor a few orphans, followed by the construction of a high school, developed far beyond any of my expectations. My motto has always been ‘I do not expect anything so everything is a bonus.’ The bonus seems to get bigger every year and the reward is being able to reach out to ‘communities that need only the essentials in life – Water, Food, Health and Education‘.
Raising funds and awareness is not always easy, especially when there are so many good causes to support. Sadly charity in the UK has become big business and vast amounts of money are needed for salaries and administration costs. From its concept I insisted that The Butterfly Tree would be run entirely by volunteers in both the UK and Zambia. This has enabled all donations and grant aid to go directly into the grass root projects – this principle is still in place.
Our projects include the development of some thirty schools and ten clinics. We have installed seventeen bore holes, constructed over eighty latrines and built seventy community houses. We have worked tirelessly to help with the prevention of HIV, training school leavers in peer education. We have sponsored several hundred orphans and helped thousands more to gain a sound basic education. We introduced the first special education units into Zambia and opened the nation’s first rural maternity clinic.
In 2014 I was offered the opportunity to introduce a safe new malaria prevention initiative into Zambia. Up until then we had only worked at District level. It was a gamble, but after months of working with the Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Centre the method was accepted and we were given the licence to import and distribute the products. We started distribution into remote village in November 2015, and the reports coming in are quite remarkable.
The Butterfly Tree is the first charity in the world to use this superior form of malaria prevention. Our involvement has enabled the UK company to use our name and reports to introduce the products into other countries, not only to help the fight against malaria, but also Zika, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya.
I am so grateful to all the people who have helped me to achieve so much, most especially my sons Mike and David (a trustee), and trustees Miranda de Freston and Wendy Calloway. A special thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, donors and fundraisers who have given up their free time and a considerable amount of money to support The Butterfly Tree. None of the success could have been accomplished without our dedicated team in Zambia.
With much appreciation,
Thousands of Orphans are Educated
It is almost ten years since The Butterfly Tree started its orphan sponsorship programme in Zambia, to date around 1,000 individual orphans have received a sound basic education. Many pupils have since completed high school, others are attending college, while a number have sought employment.
In the early days it was fairly simple to get to know each individual orphan and give regular feedback to the sponsors, especially as they were all attending Mukuni Basic School. The programme has grown considerably and we now offer sponsorship to orphans in other schools, including N’gandu, Kamwi, N’dele and Mahalulu.
Within a short time we realised that it is not only education that the orphans in these remote villages need. Besides going to school they must have safe water to drink, access to better healthcare, improved housing conditions, and sanitation facilities. Consequently we created a holistic approach to the welfare of these vulnerable children by adding bore holes and latrines in schools, building clinics and providing new methods for malaria prevention, as well as workshops for HIV prevention.
As a result of this approach we have been able to reach out to several thousand children in the Mukuni, Musokotwane, Sekute and Nyawa Chiefdoms. We have built entire new schools in areas where children had never attended school. Virtually every project we do is for the benefit of the orphans.
In September 2012 when HRH The Princess Royal visited our projects at Mukuni Village, at the end of her tour she said ‘working with orphans is not easy, but you seem to have got it right.’
Now as we approach our second decade our aim is to expand into other Chiefdoms and communities that receive little help. We will continue with the orphan sponsorship programme, but due to the enormous amount of time it takes to administer the programme it is hoped that our sponsors will understand that it is not always possible to give regular updates on each individual child.
We are delighted to tell you that we have been able to sustain our ability to run the charity both in the UK and Zambia entirely by volunteers, with the addition of Frank Maiolo who helps with our orphan support programme in the USA. Most of them have been with us since 2006, and thanks to their dedication and commitment these orphans have a much better chance in life.
Water Food Health and Education Progress
2015 has been a year of considerable development for The Butterfly Tree and our rural communities in Zambia, most especially the national launch of the new malaria prevention project. Below are images showing some of this years achievements.
Thank you to everyone who has helped to make these developments possible. Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!