We have just finished successfully distributing more than 600 mosquito nets in Mali, and people in several villages are asking for more. We do not give them away for free, but ask for a small fee ($1 USD), in order for the people to know the value of the nets. Still, our field director in Mali tells us the people of the Ouelesseboug region are asking for 600 more net.
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Thanks to your support, the Alliance was able to distribute 627 nets to families in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali.
The Alliance provides mosquito netting at a subsidized cost to village families to prevent the contraction of malaria. Since 2004 the Alliance has distributed over 5,000 nets, but the malaria epidemic continues to rage and threaten the health and economic well-being of the villagers who are not protected by nets.
This year’s Mosquito Netting Initiative is designed to concentrate administrative health efforts to dispense mosquito netting to every child and their primary caregiver in 24 villages in the Ouelessebougou region.
Training is provided for villagers to help them gain an understanding of the importance of using the net every night (the peak time for mosquito bites) while they sleep during the rainy season (May through September).
Training is also provided on how to keep the net in good repair so it will last the full seven years.
This time of year marks reason for much excitement for villagers in Mali. It's planting time! As they look toward the future and hope for a good harvest, they also look forward to ways that they can protect their children from the ensuing onslaught of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes carry deadly diseases like malaria and yellow fever. Now is the time for action to stop these pests in their tracks.
Buying a mosquito net for a family is a simple way that you can help villagers focus on the progress that the rainy season can provide. The sooner they receive their nets, the sooner they can rest at ease, knowing they are protected.
Our in-country health coordinator tells us that the demand is always higher than we can provide for. Please help us give the gift of good health to Malian villagers this rainy season!
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We visited the villages of Famana, Neneko and Missadiobougou in October, 2008. Our mosquito net initiative has been very strong in Famana and Neneko, but is just starting in Missadiobougou. Malaria cases are down significantly in Famana and Neneko, but still very high in Missadiobougou.
When we asked the health agent in Famana about malaria, he said that the villagers thought that the mosquitos had all disappeared. They weren't getting bit anymore and malaria was almost eradicated. The villagers understand how important their mosquito nets are.
We want to thank our donors for your generous support. It's amazing that the amount of roughly $8-9 USD can change a family's life forever.
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On April 27, 5 of our village health committees organized a malaria awareness day. Villagers saw the importance of mosquito nets and as a result we were able to distribute 1286 nets. This will affect the health and peace-of-mind of 5144 villagers. The demand has only increased as villagers have recognized how important a mosquito net is. But we are still 2474 nets short of our goal.
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