Although bed nets are effective in preventing the transmission of malaria while one sleeps, it may not be enough. Just getting up to use the bathroom at night might result in a lethal bug bite. The MFZ project does not limit itself to bed nets. Instead, we aim to use recycled bed nets as window and door screens to keep the mosquitos out at all times of the day. Or, as Cameroonians say, “let air in, keep bugs out”. It is a simple solution, making it all the more valuable and possible.
Reduce the number of hospital-acquired cases of malaria. A chief of post in one village said it clearly: “A mother brings her child with diarrhea to the hospital and carries it home with Malaria.” By preventing mosquitos from getting into hospitals, we hope to avoid the transmission of malaria between patients from occurring in the first place.
Reduce the percentage of income that Cameroonians have to spend on Malaria-related admissions. A family spends more than 30% of their income on hospital bills. The cost to fit a house with mosquito nets is much less.
Educate and hire unemployed youth to implement our program by installing netting throughout villages, hospitals, and clinics, as well as educating peers.
Involve the village community and create a self-sustaining program that can exist without overseeing managers.
Provide the supplies necessary to install netting such as nails, wood, saws and blades, hammers, and even volunteers.
Involve the Global fund and National Malaria Control Council of the Cameroon government. The MFZ program is not intended to stand alone; it is one other strategy that can be added to the malaria-fighting options currently available.
HILBERT KAMO born February 16, 1986, is a Cameroonian Dental Therapist, a Public Health Specialist-Epidemiology, a Researcher, Educator and American football Coach.
He obtained a Diploma (Distinction) in Dental Therapy in 2012, then in 2013 a B.Tech (Hon) in Dental Therapy at Saint Louis University of Health and Biomedical Sciences, Bamenda; in 2014-2016, he enrolled for a Master in Public Health Epidemiology at Catholic University of Central Africa. While pursuing his studies, he obtained additional certificates in various aspects of health.
He has been acting as a dental therapist in a private clinic, and as deputy head of department and lecturer at Saint Louis University of Health and Biomedical Sciences of Bamenda for about 3 years; he has served as a Head of Department of the Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Instructor and Lecturer at the Higher Institute of Sciences and Technology of Yaounde for one year. Additionally, he is working as the Manager of AIDSfreeAFRICA Cameroon with the Malaria Free Zone Program and the Malnutrition Program under the supervision of Dr. Rolande Hodel -the President/C.E.O of the association.
Before AIDSfreeAFRICA, Hilbert was working in community organizing for an oral health outreach program – Colgate School Oral Health Program – in the North-West and West region of Cameroon under the supervision of Dr. Agbor Michael.
Hilbert’s first research paper, “Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorders among Dental Practitioners in Cameroon,” was published in the Oral Health and Dental Management journal in 2015.
Additionally, Hilbert is the founder and President of the new professional “Cameroon Dental and Hygienists Association.”