If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.
Or, if you’re SurfAid, you become the mosquito.
Today marks World Malaria Day and nearly 20 years ago, SurfAid launched it’s very first malaria prevention project. After an eye-opening trip to the Mentawai, SurfAid was introduced to the massive amount of preventable suffering and death that was exacerbated by repeated bouts of malaria facing the local community.
A solution was proposed in the form of treated malaria nets. The goal was simple, start by focusing on those with the most susceptible immune systems first – pregnant women and children under five – then increase efforts over time. To date, over 60,000 treated malaria nets have been distributed and the project has evolved into the full-scale Mother and Child Health Programmes you see today.
SurfAid’s community development philosophy is based on behavior change that saves lives, one remote village at a time. It is with this founding principle in mind that SurfAid USA shares our latest efforts to improve maternal and child health in our favorite surf communities by
launching two partnership projects in the Baja California Sur region of Mexico.
In the La Paz area, SurfAid is partnering on Raíz de Fondo’s Food Rescue Program, working to provide fresh foods to individuals identified as vulnerable to malnutrition. The organization promotes the production of organic vegetables and seeks to improve the availability of fresh foods by maintaining two community gardens, providing educational programs for schools and non-governmental organisations, and hosting public workshops on nutrition and food preparation. The Food Rescue Program recovers fresh produce from local farms and distributes it to feeding kitchens and shelters who provide healthy meals to those in need.
Amigos de los Niños (ADLN) provides quality health care in Los Cabos to children up to the age of 18 who lack access to quality care, arranging for external medical consultations, organised clinics, and assistance in setting up medical treatment for special cases of the severely ill or disabled. They offer dental, audiology, cardiology, & corrective eye surgery clinics throughout the year.
For a detailed overview, please READ MORE and follow our efforts online for regular updates including an announcement for future SurfAid USA Surf x Service trips in support of our new partnership projects.
Malaria Sucks was SurfAid’s first fundraising campaign and malaria still sucks, but with your help SurfAid continues to prevent malaria through our Mother and Child Health Programs. With our new partnership projects, we can help more people than ever before.
Please consider supporting our efforts by making a donation today.
It’s the collective efforts of the SurfAid Tribe that makes this all possible and just like the tiny mosquito, our tiny effort is making a massive impact. Thank you for your support.