Malaria is a serious challenge in the communities where Neema HEEP carries out the microfinance empowerment programme. In line with our mandate of health intervention we rolled out a mosquito net distribution programme to our clients starting September 2013.
Our intention is that all our clients in mosquito infested areas should sleep under an insecticide treated mosquito net. This will prevent them from contracting malaria, a killer disease which has also contributed greatly in slowing down economic growth in these households. Money meant for the families medical bills and drugs will now be used for economic empowerment. The time spent queuing in dispensaries and health centres for treatment will now be diverted to engaging in income generating activities.
Neema HEEP intends to distribute about 1000 insecticide treated mosquito nets by the end of 2014. In our initial phase of the nets distribution we have distributed 100 nets, mainly to expectant mothers and those with children under 5 years of age.