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.
Apr 10, 2013

Summer in Uganda--Urgent request

Previous first grade recipients.
Previous first grade recipients.

The second week of August marks the beginning of summer for a the school-going Ugandan child.  Two years ago I traveled to Uganda for their summer.  Similar to the spring rains that proceed the US summer, rains proceed the Ugandan summer, and these rains bring mosquitos.  Everyone is familiar with the pesky pokes and whines of summer mosquitoes, in Uganda mosquitoes are not only are an annoyance, but also the most deadly creature in the nation.  Children are bitten by the mosquitoes and contract malaria.

During my trip to Uganda, I worked in a pediatric emergency room.  There I saw countless cases of malaria.  The story was so often the same.  A father wearing a dirty winter coat--attire I learned is often associated with poverty as second-hand American winter coats are inexpensive in Uganda for obvious reasons--carried his emaciated daughter, similarly clad in a dirty little boy's parka, trembling with fever but unresponsive, eyes blankly staring ahead. He placed her on the exam table in front of me.  The nurse translated.  "She is 10 years old...in third grade...The father brought her to an inexpensive clinic up-country because she has malaria." The father pushed a small zip lock bag containing 4 white pills toward me. "Those are the pills that he bought there." She turned to me, "They are very poor. They cannot afford the treatment here," and back to the father, "He says that his daughter has only gotten worse. She no longer can talk. He tried to put the pills down her throat and spit food into her mouth because she cannot swallow."  The nurse looked back at me, "That noise when she breathes is probably the food in her lungs." "He worries she will die. He hope you can help."  A child so sick with a coma from cerebral malaria often does not get better.  This little girl died a few days later.

Because poverty prevents parents from seeking appropriate care for their children, they often present to the hospital at a point where the child is unlikely to get better--even if the child was treated at the best hospital in the USA with the most expensive medical equipment.  As this is the reality, I believe that prevention is the best form of treatment.  We have distributed over 15,000 nets to school children like my third grade friend.  We could not have done this without your help. 

We have the opportunity on May 1-3 to conduct six distributions in grade schools in Katulikirie.  These distributions will come the week before summer vacation--just in time to protect the children against post-rains malaria season.  Before conducting this distribution we need an additional $7,000.  We urgently, desperately need your help. 

Mar 7, 2013

Got old/broken/unwanted jewelry?

Necklaces Save Lives!
Necklaces Save Lives!


We can do a lot with old/broken jewelry.  Who would think that broken costume jewelry could be used to save lives? It does.  Hundreds of people have mailed us or given us their old/broken costume jewelry.  We recycle all of the pieces—the beads, clasps, and any other materials.

Our volunteers take this completely unique jewelry to combine with Ugandan beads. The beads are purchased from Ugandan women. Every piece of jewelry is as unique as the kids who sleep under our nets. Over 90% of the funds that NETwork Against Malaria raises comes from selling this handmade jewelry which is made by USA volunteers. 

Using this method, we have purchased over 15,000 nets for children in Uganda and helped prevent them from avoidable sickness and death.  If you would like to get involved making jewelry, selling jewelry, donating beads please let us know (networkagainstmalaria@gmail.com).

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Dec 3, 2012

15,000 + NETs!

Kosaviya
Kosaviya

On November 15 and 16, NETwork Against Malaria distributed to two additional schools, Bweyale (1,967 students) and Siriba (1,120 students) primary schools. On behalf of the children at these schools thank you for your support.  These distributions bring our total nets distributed to greater than 15,000!!!  We could not do it without you. The pictures and videos are en route, and we will let you know as soon as we receive them.

 

I am particularly relieved that we distributed nets to Bweyale, as I met students who attend the school while I was traveling in Uganda.  Finally, I can rest assured that they all have nets.  One thing that worries me, though, is that our volunteers looked for one of the children I met named Kosaviya, and they could not find her.  Perhaps, she was not at school and is working—children from particularly poor families may help work instead of go to school? Perhaps, she had fallen ill—hopefully, we weren’t too late and it wasn’t malaria? Perhaps, she now attends a different school? We are going to continue looking for Kosaviya with the intention of protecting her from malaria, helping her stay in school get an education.  Who knows, perhaps one day I will entertain her if she comes to visit or study in the USA?  Until then, we will continue distributing nets to at-risk children like her. 

We could not do it without your help. 

Thanks again!

Margaret

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