SOCIAL MEDIA VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Social Media volunteers wanted to help promote, develop and maintain our online presence in order to maximize our impact and to promote ourselves as widely as possible to the world.
We want volunteers to help RACIZ use social media platforms to promote our activities and achievements and keep our social media channels updated on a frequent basis.
We also want to encourage others to comment and share by ensuring that communication reaches a wide range of local stakeholders and diverse audiences.
Lastly, we need volunteers to help develop and manage content for our website and increase our social media on other platforms, such as Twitter, Pinterest & YouTube. If possible, track the effectiveness of our social media work and recommend ways forward. Regularly test content and review its impact, making sure that our events and news are up to date. Develop publicity materials and communication techniques to target communities that are under-represented.
This is an exciting opportunity as it will give you the freedom to grow into the role, whilst helping RACIZ to grow so more children can be treated.
We would like to have two more social media/web designers and an online fundraiser volunteer.
Working Towards a Brighter Future
At Reach a Child Initiative Zambia, wellbeing is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members reach their health and fulfill their potential. Learn more about the positive impact we have and join us in bringing about positive change.
Doing What’s Needed
Supplement feeding treatment efforts to children who present with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) at UTH through provision of the needed dietary requirements.
SICKLE CELL DISEASE PROJECT
Making a Difference
Provision of assistance in the acquisition of Hydroxyurea for vulnerable SCD patients at the UTH haematology ward with a view to extend to other parts of Zambia near future.
RURAL MALARIA PROJECT
Making a difference
Currently we have two main directions in this area:a.Supplement government effort by providing anti-malarial drugs to vulnerable children in rural communities with high prevalence rate of malaria.
b.RACIZ plans to distribute mosquito nets and repellents to rural areas in the prevention of malaria as a component of the malaria project as soon as we will have enough funding for our generous donors.
PROGRAMS - WHAT WE DO
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a major genetic disease in most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a disorder that affects the hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the substance that is responsible for carrying oxygen to all parts of the body.
The main symptoms of SCD include severe anemia and severe acute pain called vaso-occlusion crisis (VOC). This pain is caused when the cells change their shape to sickle shaped cells in low oxygen environment of the body. The sickle shaped red blood cells then stick together, causing blockages in the small blood vessels. Children with SCD experience various complications such as acute chest syndrome (ACS), stroke, bone damage.
With time, patients with SCD can suffer vital organ damage such as liver, lungs, heart, spleen and kidneys which may later result into death. Treatment of SCD mostly focuses on preventing and treating complications.
The drug of choice in Zambia for treatment of SCD is hydroxyurea to prevent or reduce painful crises mentioned above. The benefits of hydroxyurea in pediatric patients with sickle-cell disease includes reduced rate of sickle-cell crises and reduced mortality. Benefits also include splenic preservation and long-term prevention of organ damage.
The SCD trait is estimated at 18% of the Zambian population.
The University Teaching Hospitals, Lusaka, with the largest population of SCD patients, has on its records over 6, 000 patients currently registered with them. The majority of these are children below the age of fifteen years. SCD patients accounted for 12% of the total all-cause admissions at the UTH- Children’s Hospital in 2017 and yet SCD was 4th of the top five causes of mortality among children admitted to UTH- Children’s Hospital in 2017 and top 10 among the causes of seeking outpatient care.
The rate of cardiovascular accidents (stroke) have gone up because most children are not able to afford hydroxyurea hence the rate of disability has also gone up in these children. Meaning these children need rehabilitation therapy. Early commencement and adherence to hydroxyurea treatment can prevent these complications.
Hydroxyurea is quiet expensive for most of the patient’s parents to afford an adequate treatment hence as RACIZ aims to fill that gap for vulnerable children in buying and distributing of the medicine.
Your donations will help in meeting the cost of procurement of hydroxyurea.
MALNUTRITION IN ZAMBIA
MALNUTRITION is a serious problem in Zambia. According to the National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC), malnutrition is one of the major public health concerns with a rate of 52 percent of child deaths due to malnutrition.
The 2013/14 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey notes that 40 percent of children under five are stunted. Malnutrition is a major burden on the Zambian health care system and contributes to low human capital. Nationally, 40 percent of children under 5 years are stunted. Analysis by age groups shows that stunting is highest (54 percent) in children 18–23 months and lowest (14 percent) in children under 6 months. Stunting means a child is too short for their age, has low weight for their age, and bone growth is delayed. It is caused by lack of nutrients in a diet. The 2016 Global Nutrition Report notes that malnutrition and poor diets constitute the number-one driver of the global burden of disease.
GLOBALLY, and in Zambia in particular, the face of malnutrition is vast.
Accounting for more deaths than HIV, malaria and TB combined, malnutrition underlies 52 percent of all under-five deaths in Zambia.
Stunting, wasting and underweight is what is most often seen and heard, with stunting, low height-for-age.
Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is a major global public health problem responsible for over one million young child deaths each year. SAM is characterized by extreme wasting where a child’s body shuts down due to starvation.
In Zambia alone, nearly 43,000 children die every year of severe acute malnutrition (very low weight-for-height), with 4,000 being in Lusaka alone.
The Ministry of Health states that more than 108,000 children under the age of five suffer from severe malnutrition every year.
Feeding is the treatment that all SAM patients require and your donation is going to help us feed that one child with SAM in Zambia.
Your kindness and generosity will help buy some food for the malnourished kids and prevent that untimed death for these children.
Malaria is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality especially in children under 5 years and pregnant women in Zambia.
Environmental factors and behavioral patterns of vectors and human populations combine to provide favorable conditions for malaria transmission.
Malaria is an endemic in Zambia and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in children under five years and pregnant women.
Fighting the disease is a national priority that requires a focused, comprehensive, and consistent approach in order to achieve the vision of “a malaria-free Zambia by 2030”.
RACIZ provides a treatment program by distributing anti-malarial medicine in the rural parts of Lusaka with a view of expanding our coverage to other parts of Zambia.
Your donation will help that one child with malaria and save his or her life in the remote part of Lusaka.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Make that donation today and forever change a child’s life
Become a donor of RACIZ
Your contribution and donation to RACIZ will help support activities that will help us to reach out to one child at a time and save his or her life.
Your donation will help us treat that one child in Zambia and put a smile on his or her face.
Your donation will buy:
a capsule of hydroxyurea for SCD patients,
a pill of coartem for a child with malaria
and feed a child with malnutrition.
Let’s feed and treat the children of Zambia.
We appreciate your donations of any amount.
MY RACIZ ACCOUNT
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