Buzz Off is a campaign against malaria.Malaria is a cross-cutting issue that affects society at large in malaria endemic regions.
The Buzz Off campaign focuses on
This project funds the purchase of 2,000 Long Lasting Insecticidal Mosquito Nets (LLIN) for distribution to at-risk communities in Burma
WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT:
Buzz Off is an initiative of Australian Relief and Mercy Services Limited (ARMS).
ARMS has been operating since 1988 and has been actively involved in the Thai-Burma border region for most of this time
in community development projects
emergency accommodation for displaced and orphaned children
feeding programs within refugee camps along the Thai/ Burma border.
Primary Healthcare courses along the Thai/Burma border.
This project will fund 2,000 LLIN nets.
The cost of this project is $25,700. The nets are manufactured and delivered at a cost of $12.85 each.
1. THE NEED
Malaria is the single biggest killer in this region of Burma. According to the Brown Journal of World Affairs most of the malaria in Burma occurs in remote border communities. "Among the ethnic Karen living in so-called “Black Zones” of active conflict in eastern Burma, malaria accounts for up to nearly half (45 percent) of all deaths. Conflict has displaced over one million people in eastern Burma”.
There is well documented evidence that malaria negatively impacts healthcare systems, educational systems, and general economic development.
2. HOW DOES THE PROGRAM ADDRESS THE NEED?
The distribution of mosquito nets, aligned with our other activities, is
helping to reduce the strain on the already impoverished healthcare facilities
allowing families to protect their children and pregnant mothers, as well as entire IDP and refugee communities.
Lives are saved and lives are improved through the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Mosquito Nets (LLIN) to at-risk communities within Burma.
Malaria remains a primary cause of stillbirth, abortion and reduced birth weight in children along the Thai-Burma border. This project will positively impact this situation.
To use the distribution of LLIN nets as a stepping-stone to further engagement within the communities.
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