Scouts Against Malaria
Great to see more Scouts Against Malaria awareness training continuing in Ghana using the additional resources sent out recently by Kent Scouts.
SCOUTS FOR SDG INITIATIVE
The Scouts against Malaria initiative is now active in 5 African countries that is Gambia, Malawi, Uganda, Ghana and Burkina Faso with Scouts in these countries purchasing long life insecticide impregnated nets (LLIN) from funds raised by UK Scouts distributing these LLIN to vulnerable families, helping with erecting the nets and advising where help can be obtained if bitten.
However we are handicapped in several ways –
Cost of buying such nets in small quantities in these countries
Reluctance of net manufacturers like Vestergaard to make available such nets as free issue
Only UK Scouts are currently involved in learning about the illness and what they can do save lives
To make a larger impact we need to involve more countries and to leverage financial and in kind contributions from organisations like the World Scout Foundation and UN Agencies.