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At Shoo for Good, our core value is to improve lives.

One way we do this is through our partnership with the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign that helps provide bed nets and other aid and supplies to people at risk of malaria.

Amina, a 35-year old mother to five children, is an internally displaced person currently living in a camp with her family in Borno State, Nigeria, the epicenter of a decade-long violent conflict between government and armed opposition forces.

Internally displaced people (IDPs) have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or persecution and, unlike refugees who leave their home country, seek safety elsewhere within their own country’s borders. 

Over two million Borno residents have been displaced and over seven million people need urgent humanitarian aid. Of these displaced people, 80% are women and children, with one in four under the age of five.

“My family suffered a lot because of the internal conflict. We got severely hurt and felt a lot of pain due to the constant attacks of the insurgents,” Amina told our UN partner.

Many displaced people end up in emergency shelters that offer little to no protection from disease-carrying mosquitoes, leaving them particularly vulnerable to contracting malaria.

Amina and her family managed to avoid the shelters and reach relative safety at the Kawar Maila Camp, where she talked with our partner. But not all IDPs are so lucky. 

When you purchase a SfG wrap, you are helping Nothing But Nets with its vital mission to bring much-needed aid and supplies to these displaced families--and others--in need. You are helping mothers like Amina.

For more, please read the following update on the anti-malaria efforts in Borno State from Nothing But Nets. Be sure to click on the link to watch the informative video.

IMPACT UPDATE

 

Amid Insurgency Crisis, Malaria Prevention Campaign Protects 400,000+ Displaced Nigerians from Malaria

CONTEXT

After 12 years of armed conflict with the insurgent group Boko Haram, Borno State recently announced that close to 6,000 insurgents have surrendered. It remains to be seen whether this development marks the end of this prolonged conflict, which has claimed over 350,000 lives and displaced over 2 million. But at least for now, the people of Borno are experiencing a period of relative peace.

This Summer also marked the beginning of Borno's annual rainy season, which coincides with peak malaria season. Malaria is the leading cause of death in Borno, and the millions of people displaced by the insurgency conflict are particularly vulnerable to contracting the disease. The makeshift tents in displacement camps offer little protection from mosquitoes, which breed in the camps' plentiful pools of standing water due to the camps’ lack of drainage. 

Each year, the Borno government works with global partners to conduct malaria prevention campaigns that reach millions of Borno residents. In 2020 and early 2021, sporadic fighting and COVID-19 complicated prevention efforts, leaving many unprotected in advance of the rainy season. 

ACTION

Earlier this year, Nothing But Nets teamed up with the MENTOR Initiative and Bayer to launch indoor residual spraying (IRS) campaigns in IDP camps and communities across Borno. Conducted from May to July in advance of the peak malaria season, these IRS campaigns safely protected over 70,000 homes with 413,100 occupants from malaria

This was the first IRS campaign ever conducted in Borno's IDP camps. Before the spraying began, teams of sprayers conducted door-to-door outreach to educate residents about the positive benefits and safety of IRS. Of all the homes visited, over 98% elected to participate in the IRS campaign

For this project, Bayer made an in-kind contribution of 15,500 units of its long-lasting IRS spray, Fludora® Fusion. This groundbreaking insecticide product safely protects homes from malaria for up to one year and kills mosquitoes on contact, including mosquitoes that are resistant to other insecticides. Nothing But Nets and USAID are each providing operational support to the MENTOR Initiative (Mentor) for this project.  

For many participating households, the impact of the IRS campaign was immediate. In Mentor's first follow-up survey, 96% of surveyed households reported that the number of mosquitoes in their home after IRS declined within the first week.

Anecdotally, we heard from families that, within days, the IRS insecticide had driven away not just mosquitoes, but lice, mites, and other biting insects that had previously infested their shelter, and that they finally were getting a good night's sleep. This highlights an additional benefit of IRS: by repelling and killing a variety of insects, it improves comfort, dignity, and overall wellbeing, especially in  camp settings. 

To learn more about this effort and our broader work in Borno, check out this film and MENTOR report.    

 


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