Ivory Coast Medical Relief Team:
Malaria Program Field Report


By Liz Gaskill, ICMRT Board President


From the field
From the field

It is so gratifying to see the positive effects our program is producing in these villages; all the nets we installed two years ago are in use, well maintained, and highly valued. Walking through the village with the community healthcare workers, talking with people, observing day to day life you can see and feel the pride and satisfaction in knowing they are protecting themselves and their family members from one of the deadliest diseases in the world.

It is so gratifying to see the positive effects our program is producing in these villages; all the nets we installed two years ago are in use, well maintained, and highly valued. Walking through the village with the community healthcare workers, talking with people, observing day to day life you can see and feel the pride and satisfaction in knowing they are protecting themselves and their family members from one of the deadliest diseases in the world.

Seeing healthy, happy thriving babies as shown in these photos was an affirmation of the value of our work. The kids were absolutely beautiful; chubby, animated, healthy and wonderful to watch. Talking with the mothers of these children about the differences in their lives since the arrival of the ICMRT program was particularly satisfying. Before receiving ICMRT’s insecticide treated bed nets, and implementation of the diagnostics and treatment program, each time a child would develop a fever was a period of fear and anxiety: does my baby have malaria? How will I get her to a clinic? How will I pay for the transportation, consultation and medication if she does have malaria? What will happen if she needs to be hospitalized? For people who have very little money the reality is they would probably have to borrow the funds to find treatment for their child. Malaria can kill a young child very quickly; the question becomes can a parent scrape together enough money to save the life of their child?

All this has changed since our program has been implemented. Proper use of nets, reduction in mosquito habitat in and around the village, and malaria education, have all contributed to a drastic decline in the number of malarial cases – a 50% reduction in malaria cases in the two villages we conducted our recent site visit. When a child develops a fever, parents can take their kids to the community health care workers in the village where a field test kit will determine if the child has malaria. If the test is positive, the child is treated for malaria: a quick, efficient, low cost program that saves lives – all without leaving the village.

Thank you for your continued support of ICMRT, our work wouldn’t be possible without you!


Thank you, from ICMRT

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