<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Chembe Water Project - Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Malawi


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The Motivation: Malaria still maintains its standing as the number one killer of children under 5 worldwide
Chembe Malaria Prevention is supported by Gecko Lounge, Cape Maclear


Malaria still maintains its standing as the number one killer of children under 5 worldwide. This disease is most prevalent in developing nations with tropical climates. In Malawi, the rainy season from November to March brings an increase in breading for the anopheles mosquitoes which carry the malaria microorganism. Children, especially those under 5 years of age, have no immune response history to Malaria. As a result, an infection with malaria in a child has a greater severity, and a higher chance of death.

In an effort to respond to this disease, a US Peace Corps Volunteer, Chembe Water Project, and HEEED-Malawi worked together to form the Chembe Malaria Prevention Project in Cape Maclear, in 2007. The program uses the Sakenawo AIDS Network Organization (SANO), a local community Based Organization, as peer-counselors to identify vulnerable children in the community. SANO volunteers are trained in Malaria prevention, and then become community educators to train the orphan and vulnerable children's guardians.

The project focused on orphans and vulnerable children in the village. Because of the pandemic of HIV/AIDS, there are many orphans in Malawi. Most orphans live with extended family which places a financial strain on those people caring for them. This makes the vulnerability of orphans twofold: Firstly, there is the likelihood that the orphans, too, have HIV, which would make a malaria infection much more dangerous. Secondly, because of the financial burden placed on their guardians, it is not likely that these families can afford the extra expense of a mosquito net.

The project distributes mosquito nets to orphans on the Cape Maclear area. Families are encouraged to have many children sleeping under a net together to offer all children protection from the net. Mosquito nets are extremely effective against acquiring a malaria infection. While many mosquitoes are out during the day, and can bite at any hour, the anopheles mosquito which carries the malaria parasite is a nocturnal species that feeds, predominantly, between the hours of 11pm and 5am. Sleeping under a net takes children out of the feeding environment during these peak hours, protecting them from infection.

As this project grows, so will the area in which the project covers. Chembe Malaria Prevention Program hopes to extend its program to other communities and villages along the lake shore, and into the southern region of Malawi. By using local community members as Malaria Educators, the program offers a community-based, sustainable approach to behavior change.


Chembe Water Project UK Charity Commission Number: 1114116

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