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A Life Saving Legacy
Mr X sponsored a child in Chambok Village, Cambodia. In his Will, he left £3,000 to benefit the people of Chambok Village. This money was spent on a project to reduce the incidence of dengue fever, which was a serious problem in the area and led to the deaths of many children and young people.
The gift allowed ActionAid’s partner organisation, ADIFE, to organise a one-day event called “Dengue Fever Awareness Raising”. In total 1371 parents and children benefited from the event. In addition, mosquito nets were also distributed to 583 families.
The training focussed on identifying the symptoms of dengue fever, what causes it (the tiger mosquito) and how to prevent it– primarily by reducing places where mosquitoes can breed (such as pools of water which build up in pot holes) but also by encouraging the use of mosquito nets, ensuring houses have light coming in and that children wear long sleeves when playing in the evening during the rainy season.
Children participated by being involved in role plays around the issue and other fun games to ensure they understood and remembered the key messages.
Incidence of dengue fever is now very rare in the community and almost never fatal as on the rare occasion a child does get infected, families now know the symptoms and understand that they need to get their child to a hospital as soon as possible.
Bou Theary, 40, from Chambok village:
“Many people used to get ill from dengue fever here in this community but we did not know what it was. Now we can identify the symptoms so when a child gets ill like this, we can take them straight to a hospital. We always make our children sleep in a mosquito net. We don’t let our children play in the shade during the rainy season and ensure that any potholes, where water gathers, are filled in as this is where mosquitoes breed.
I am so happy because it means my grandchild’s future will be better. I would like to say thanks to the person that helped provide this training as it has helped people in this community save lives. It means a lot to us.”