Malaria education and distribution of mosquito nets in Kenya (KeNAAM - Partner organisation Merlin)
Merlin (Medical relief, lasting healthcare) is a UK agency and a member of the Kenya NGOs Alliance against Malaria. The organisation has been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Kasipul division, Rachuoyo district and the Nyanza province of Kenya for the past year. The main activities implemented during this period are campaigns including community education on malaria control, distribution of long lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) and net re-treatment. One of the health facilities that has highly benefited from Merlin’s work is Omboga Dispensary, which is located on the border of Kasipul and East Karachuonyo divisions. Due to its remote location, the facility receives only minimal support from the government and none from any of the government’s development partners.
In April 2008, Merlin supplied the dispensary with 200 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs). These LLINs were distributed to the vulnerable groups both at the dispensary and during the dispensary’s weekly outreaches. According to the nursing officer in charge, Mrs. Alice Oima, since the rollout of the National Malaria Strategy of 2001-2010, the facility had received only 40 insecticide treated nets (ITNs) from the government. Two weeks after having received the 200 LLINs from Merlin, Mrs. Oima called Merlin office to appreciate the results achieved as an outcome of the LLINs distribution. She said that she was able to trace 80 children who had defaulted on their immunisation schedule as well as 50 pregnant women who had never began their ante-natal clinic visits.