“The Tanzanian people have shown me that the long-term solution to malaria lies where the problem is most keenly felt – at community level,” the 21-year-old Lang Lang said during a four-day tour of the country with UNICEF, his first since being appointed in May as the youngest representative of the UN agency.”But communities need the support of their national governments, and international donors to give them vital tools to fight this disease. We have to fortify our partnerships against malaria to guarantee a better future for children,” he added.According to UNICEF, malaria is responsible for a quarter of all child deaths worldwide, preventable by means that are simple, effective and available. Insecticide-treated mosquito nets can reduce deaths by at least 20 per cent and the newest anti-malarial drug is almost 100 per cent effective against the disease.In Rundugai village, located in the shadows of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Lang Lang was able to participate in a village health day. As he awarded prizes of insecticide treated nets to mothers and children who have maintained excellent health records, he was brought face to face with the communities’ success stories in the fight against malaria.”These communities fear malaria as the biggest killer of young children in Africa,” he said. “But they have proved that with innovative and community based interventions, deaths can be lowered significantly.”One such intervention is the voucher scheme, which allows pregnant women and young mothers to buy affordable insecticide treated nets through a subsidy system. This system has proven to be an effective tool in the management of malaria at the community level, providing prompt and effective management of the illness for young children.
Additional reporting by Christina Finn Read: Public Accounts Committee chair calls for CRC to “come clean” on top-ups>Read: Ross calls for immediate resignation of CRC Board over salary top-ups> Irwin said he wanted to remind the Jack and Jill supporters of the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Jack & Jill home nursing care model, adding:The bottom line is that without the generosity of the General Public we would not exist.We also rely on the generosity of our network of volunteers who give their time free and our corporate partners.We work hard for every cent we raise, and we make every cent count, with every €16 raised funding one hour of home nursing care. As CEO, my salary is just under €90,000 today and I’ve been very open about that. For the first six years of running Jack & Jill I did not draw a salary for this busy role which is seven days a week.I can assure you that I get no top-up payments, no bonus, no pension. My salary is justified on the basis that since 1997 we have supported 1,700 children with home nursing care and raised €47 million privately while we’ve received only €4.5 million from the HSE.So my salary as a percentage of the fundraising I’ve done is less than 2 per cent. THE CEO AND FOUNDER of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation, Jonathan Irwin, has said today that publicity about charity staff having their salaries topped up with money from donations is “damaging”.In a letter issued through social media and on the charity’s website, Irwin said he wished to clarify where the money donated goes and to urge supporters to “stick with us”.FundingThe foundation receives €519,000 of the €2.7 million it needs each year from the HSE and the rest, which is more than 80 per cent of its funding, comes from the public.“The money you donate funds intensive home nursing care for children with life limiting conditions from birth to 4 years old, as well as end of life care for children sent home to die,” he said in the letter.Irwin explained that the HSE grant covers the cost of its fundraising division in terms of accounts, HR, IT and fundraising team, including his salary meaning that money donated by the public goes directly to fund home nursing for children.