UGANDA - Rovers from the Uganda Scout Association embarked on a sensitization campaign through a cycling expedition. The main objective of the expedition was to educate the Lwengi District communities on how to prevent and control the spread of malaria while also partnering with ‘Needy Child Foundation’ to donate mosquito nets to families in this District.
Needy Child Foundation (NCF) is a Community Based Organization (CBO) established in 2011 with a purpose of empowering orphans and vulnerable children with education, health care, nutrition and other basic needs in addition to promoting economic sustainability within households in Lwengo District.
The Rovers were able to reach out to 20 homes sensitizing them about malaria and donated mosquito nets to them. It is important to note that in each home we found about 5 children below the age of 5 years. They also advised the families to sleep under a treated mosquito net and to consult health physicians in the designated health centers for proper treatment when they fall sick.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. In 2010 an estimated 219 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 660,000 people died, most (91%) in the African Region.
Recruitment of young people to the U-Report, which is a mobile-based platform for young people to report issues they care about in their communities, was undertaken.
The cycling expedition which was held in the month of June was financially funded by the generous support of the Circle Ten Council which is part of the Boy Scouts of America.