The toll the Ebola outbreak has taken on West African countries is shocking. While the country of Mali hasn't been affected, we are deeply concerned for our neighbors, Guinea and Senegal.
And while this virus rages on, Africans still face the same health challenges that kill so many of them annually. Malaria remains one of the top health issues they face. Mosquito nets are the only method of protection and typically cost between $5 to $10. For those who live in extreme poverty (less than $1 per day) a $10 net seems prohibitive.
The Alliance subsidizes the cost of the net so that villagers only pay $1 for a net that can protect a family of four up to three years.
Thanks for your continued support of this critical initiative. And hopefully there will come a day when we CAN forget about malaria.
Wow! In June, the Ouelessebougou Alliance received a large gift from a local foundation here in Salt Lake City that allows us to reach even more families who need mosquito nets. As we have probably pointed out before, the funds we raise for nets allows us to distribute nets in the 25 villages where we work. BUT, it is a first come, first served process. There is never enough money in our budget to provide new, insecticide treated nets to every family who needs one. This gift will provide an additional 1,700 families with this life-saving tool.
The more families that we can cover, the better off the entire community is. Please continue to support this important initiative. We deliver the nets, train families on the proper usage AND follow up to make sure they are using them!
We are grateful for all our supporters out there...including YOU!
We told you in December that the best time to purchase mosquito nets is during the off-season. We recently returned from Ouelessebougou for our annual visit and our Field Director, Anounou, asked if we could invest in more nets now so that we can distribute even more in the fall.
We know nets are making a difference. We saw nets that we subsidized in village home, local CSCOMS and in the public hospital. We attended a village health training in Farani and the village council members were proud to report that no one had died from malaria during the last year. The success of our programs are the village councils and the trainings they go through to establish goals. The Alliance gives them the tools to reach those goals...and one of our "tools" is educating about malaria and then subsidizing the cost of the nets so that all families can stay safe.
Thanks for your support of this important project and enjoy the photos from our recent visit!
In September, Ouelessebougou Alliance delivered 1,000 nets to 16 different villages in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali. This was our budgeted goal for the year but by no means meets the needs of our village friends. About 66 nets were distributed per village, meaning there were many families left without a new, insecticide treated net.
According to Anounou, our Field Director in Mali, the best time to purchase quality mosquito nets at a more affordable price is coming up in February. We'd love to purchase and distribute another 500 nets during this program year.
We appreciate your support and ask you to simply share our project with your friends and family. Mosquito nets are the best tool we currently have to fight malaria so the more nets we have, the more lives we save!
Anounou, our Field Director in Mali, reports that 1,000 mosquito nets were distributed to villagers in the last few weeks.
THANK YOU for helping make that possible!
Every sixty seconds a child in Africa dies from the disease. Every year 600,000 people, most of them under the age of 5, die.
High quality nets treated with insecticide are the best and most cost efficient means to protect against malaria.
There are never enough nets for everyone who needs one so our goal this year is to reach even more families. To do that, we continue to need your help and support.
$10 can buy a net and save a life.
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