2 January 2013

Gambia: YCFAC to Distribute Over 1000 Bed Nets

Members of 'Your Change For a Change' (YCFaC) are currently putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the celebration of the organisation's second anniversary that will see them distribute over 1000 mosquito treated bed nets.

The second anniversary that is slated for January 5th, 2013 at the Gambia College in Brikama, will also take the form of a symposium to be held at the same place on the theme; "Every step counts, making preventable diseases history".

According to the organisers, the bed nets will be distributed to needy families particularly pregnant mothers and children.

It would be recalled that in January 2012, YCFaC distributed 500 bed nets in Marakissa and other surrounding villages in the West Coast Region.

YCFaC is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 by some dedicated young Gambians living in the United States, before it was subsequently registrated in The Gambia, United Kingdom and Sweden. It has a mission to make available quality and responsive disease preventive and management incentives for communities.

Speaking ahead of the event during a press conference in Brikama on Saturday, the organisation's Gambia director, Lamin Darboe, said the step taken by the members is to give malaria a human face so that people can understand more about its economic implications.

"We are trying to make people not to view malaria as foreign but a thing that they are everyday living with," he said.

Darboe disclosed that they have already purchased 700 bed nets to be distributed to families, with particular attention to children and pregnant mothers. He explained that during the event, they will also continue their services to the communities in the form of cleaning exercise in collaboration with the Brikama Area Council.

Darboe further told the gathering that since the distribution of the 500 bed nets in Marakisa last year, they have learned through surveys that none of the benefactors has been diagnosed with malaria. This news, he went on, is a pointer that their efforts did not go in vain.

He then called on the people to concentrate more on the elimination of malaria, saying, "researches have indicated that malaria has killed more than all the wars combined, but yet it doesn't seem to be given the due consideration".

Also speaking at the press conference, a member of the YCFaC global team, Kadi Omar Singateh, said members of the organisation are all trying to offer support to ensure that malaria and other preventable diseases are eliminated.

The communication officer of the organisation, Sukai Cham, said The Gambia is still at war with malaria, while noting that the objectives of the anniversary beside the bed net distribution, is also to sensitise people of different interest on the issues of malaria, including prevention and control, amongst others.

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