The Leamington Rotary Membership donates mosquito nets to youngsters in Zambia

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The Royal Leamington Spa Rotary Club donated more than 450 mosquito nets to school children in Zambia.

This will help protect them from malaria.

The donation was made by The Butterfly Tree, a UK charity that has been running a successful malaria prevention program in Zambia since 2007.

Children at Mambova Primary School, Kazungula, Zambia, each with their insecticide treated mosquito nets donated by the RC Royal Leamington Spa as part of the mosquito net for schools program initiated by the local charity The Butterfly Tree.

The Butterfly Tree, a nonprofit, has piloted a program to provide insecticide-treated mosquito nets to children over five and teenagers attending rural schools in several chiefs in Zambia.

This is proving to be extremely successful as no malaria absenteeism is reported in schools.

Children over the age of five and adolescents suffer from a lack of government-sponsored networks, which are mainly used for children under five and pregnant women.

The Rotary Club began working with The Butterfly Tree in 2018 by donating 150 mosquito nets to children at Mambova Primary School in Kazungula

This support for the school continued with another gift from 300 networks this year.

Mambova is near the Zambezi, a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and the spread of mosquito nets has saved the lives of many residents.

Jane Kaye-Bailey, founder of The Butterfly Tree, based in Norton Lindsay, said, “We thank the Royal Leamington Spa Rotary Club for generously donating nets to support our successful mosquito nets for schools malaria program.

“The students at Mambova Junior Secondary School have benefited tremendously in terms of health and this has resulted in a significant improvement in school attendance.

“The butterfly tree is financed through grants, supporters and donations.

“Only £ 5 will buy a mosquito net to protect people from this devastating disease.

“The charity provides clean water and sanitation, nutrition programs, improved health and education facilities, malaria prevention, sustainable community projects, and an orphan support program.”

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