MOSQUITO NETS FOR KATANGA
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in the last 5 years more than 3 million Congolese have died from preventable diseases. Infant mortality in Congo is 73.15 deaths per 1,000 live births (CIA World Factbook). Canada, by comparison, has an infant mortality rate of 4.71 deaths per 1,000 live births. The WHO also claims that 6 out of every 10 children will not reach their 5th birthday. In addition, the WHO estimates that 400 children die each day in the Congo, and that half of these deaths are caused by malaria. Malaria and many of the other preventable diseases responsible for these early deaths are caused by mosquito-borne pathogens. Even in the hospitals there is a shortage of mosquito nets, which are the simplest way to prevent contact with these insects.
Heart and Soul Records is committed to providing mosquito nets for the people of Congo, starting in founder Hugo Kafumbi's home province of Katanga. Using the founders personal finances, to date Heart and Soul Records has provided mosquito nets to residents in the Katuba commune of Lubumbashi, Katanga. The more mosquito nets we are able to distribute, the more lives we can begin to save. These nets cost about 2000 Congolese Francs (CDF) each, which is the equivalent to about 2 USD.
Our goal is to be able to provide nets to as many residents with children as possible. Eventually, we intend to provide the hospitals in Lubumbashi and the surrounding area with as many mosquito nets as there are beds, so that each patient has the greatest chance of recovery.