NETwork Against Malaria

Mission:1) To raise money to purchase malaria nets for needy Africans to protect them from sickness and death. When children are not sick with malaria, they can attend more days of school. Parents have more time to work, and they spend less of their small income on malaria medication. 2) To ensure the nets are used correctly volunteers educate the bednet recipients about malaria, the benefits of bednets, and how to use nets. 3) To educate U.S. students about the burden of malaria in the world.
Oct 31, 2014

Celebrating our 25,000th recipient...

And the 24,999 recipients before her.

After distributing nets to the children at Alerotingo and Kawiti Primary Schools we have successfully distributed over 25,000 ITN's to grade school children.  We would like to extend our sincere gratitute on behalf of the 1st to the 25,000th child who has benefitted from your generosity.  Both schools are extremely remote, even by Ugandan standards.  They serve children who have fled their homes as refugees and internally displaced persons. We know that our efforts are encouraging the children to stay in school and keeping them healthy.  The teachers have told us that the children are surprised that in all the world Americans would choose their school to receive ITNs.

Oct 15, 2014

Helping babies by educating school children

Learning to walk while recovering from malaria
Learning to walk while recovering from malaria

Baby Jerome is learning to walk while recovering from malaria at Katulikire Health Center.  Baby Jerome arrived at the health center somnolent, difficult to wake up. After a couple of treatments, he was greatly improved.

NETwork is fighting malaria in children under 5 by working through school children.  Many adults do not know that malaria is carried by mosquitoes, so they don't know see the benefit of using nets that make sleeping less comfortable.  School children are open and ready to learn.  Children are taught in school about malaria, how it's spread, and how to prevent the illness.  Children learn about the benefits of malaria nets and how to use them.  They bring the nets home and teach their families.  Mothers, who may have received nets in the past, begin to use their nets. They learn that malaria is a preventable, treatable illness.  Not only do they bring baby Jerome to the health center where he receives treatment, they sleep under the net with their young children protecting them from malaria.

Please consider donating to NETwork on this "Bonus Day" where your donations are matched.  Help us celebrate the Holidays in Uganda by promoting education and keeping our children healthy.

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Oct 13, 2014

Success stories from NETwork Against Malaria

Trudy 2014
Trudy 2014

Trudy is a senior three student at Stella Maututina secondary school.  I met her when she stayed at school over spring break to study.  She came to celebrate Easter with myself and the group I stayed with in Uganda.

Trudy asked me about NETwork.  "They gave me a net." Trudy had received an insecticide treated net as a student at Opok Primary School in 2012.  She stayed healthy, and she stayed in school.  She became a rare girl who has the opportunity for a high school education.  She is not taking it for granted.  She not only stayed in school over spring break, but continued to stay and study over summer break.  The principal told me that she is greatly improving in her studies.

Her family hopes that Trudy will do well in school, so that she can be a leader and help the entire family.  Her family is incredibly poor working as sustenance farmers in Opok.

Thank you for your investment in Trudy. It pays to invest in the health and education of young girls like her. They struggle so much to stay in school. When they succeed it benefits themselves, their families, and ultimately the entire village. 

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