Provide a mosquito net, save a life from Malaria

 
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Kadima and Haja
Kadima and Haja

Dear Project Supporters,

Because of YOU, well over 70 project beneficiaries received new insecticide-treated mosquito nets to fight against malaria in Sierra Leone since our last report.

Over the past 9 months or so, a lot of effort and focus has been placed on addressing the Ebola epidemic.  This has diverted efforts to control malaria in the region. Because some of the symptoms of both diseases (such as fever) are similar, many infected people have been misdiagnosed. Their deaths could have been prevented had they taken the simple precaution provided by the use of bed nets.

According to MSF, "More than 3,000 deaths and 10,000 cases suggest it is Ebola, but the right answer is malaria.   In 2013, there were more than 1.7 million cases of malaria in Sierra Leone, a small country in West Africa with a population of six million. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 4,326 people died of the disease (malaria) that year.

Meet Kadima and Haja - recent mosquito net recipients (pictured).  Haja and Kadima live in a family house at Mellon Street in the Wellington community.  Haja is the mother of Kadima. They had been yearning for a bed net for a long time. They were very happy to receive bed nets to help them sleep better - and be protected against mosquito bites and malaria.  Your support made this possible.

Haja asked us to pass on her gratitude to YOU for the very welcome and timely gift. She said - “I have been worried about my child’s health due to mosquito bites - especially so in this Ebola crisis. That stress has been lifted due to the provision of bed nets. I really want to thank you.” She further said "sleep has been different now for me and my daughter".

Thanks to YOU, many of the under-5 year old children who are most at risk are now able to sleep safe and sound.

However, hundreds of families are still at risk sleeping with no nets or with damaged nets in the Wellington community. We need to provide each family with 2-3 nets. Your continued support will help us provide this life-preserving gift to them today!  Thanks so much for your support!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team

Family bed net recipients
Family bed net recipients
Hundreds more need bed nets
Hundreds more need bed nets

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Biggest Killers
Biggest Killers

Did you know that mosquitoes are more than just a pest?  

You probably know that far too many people die from malaria each year. Did you also know that it by far is the "biggest killer".  The included photo (Credit WHO, etc) helps us visualize the magnitude of this silent killer.  Malaria is responsible for over 700,000 deaths annually, year after year.  That is huge.  Clearly, this is an area that merits serious attention and action.

This is why Mariama, one of our beneficiaries was happy to receive a treated mosquito bed net.  Mariama lives in an area where drainage is very poor. As a result there are a lot of mosquitoes in her community. She has been complaining of very long nights with little sleep - due to mosquito bites.  

Receiving the bed net that you provided brought smiles to Mariama's face - because now she knows her sleep will be sweet. She now know she is safe frm pesky bites and malaria.  She is very grateful for the net and extends her appreciation to YOU!  Currently Mariama is awaiting the return of normalcy so she can retake the WAEC African Secondary School Certificate Examination. 

Your support enables us to continue to bring sound sleep, safety and the gift of a normal, long life to hundreds of beneficiaries in Sierra Leone.  Thanks to YOU, we are continue to provide this life-preserving resource.  Simple and effective.  

Thanks so much for helping us making malaria history in one more life. Mariama's.

Mariama with new mosquito net - no more malaria
Mariama with new mosquito net - no more malaria

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Sad Ruguiatu scratches away at mosquito bite area
Sad Ruguiatu scratches away at mosquito bite area

Have you ever been bitten by mosquitoes? They can be very irritating as you can see from this video - Rugiatu's experience.

The bite area itches terribly – making you miserable and unhappy.  I have seen people, in an effort to find relief, almost uncontrollably scratch this area with their finger nails until it results in bleeding. Not good.  Not to talk about the ever-present threat on contracting malaria.

In Sierra Leone right now, everyone is more eager than ever to stay well.  The one good outcome from this Ebola outbreak is that people are more health-conscious than ever before.

The assistance that we are together providing is so very appreciated - at this time -  as it helps people stay well - free from malaria.  

In the video, you can see Rugiatu's joy as she receives the new net that YOU helped provide.  She is now safe from irritating mosquito bites, thanks to her new mosquito net.

Health is wellness and happiness.  Happiness is Zero mosquito bites.  You have made Rugiatu happy and she can now play and have fun with her friends.

Happy Rugiatu playing with her friends
Happy Rugiatu playing with her friends

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bed nets providing protection from mosquitoes
bed nets providing protection from mosquitoes

Did you know that the 25 April is marked as World Malaria Day each year?  This is because the impact of malaria is still significant - and is an attempt to help focus attention to it.  Fortunately, since you are reading this, you are already aware of this problem and helping to make malaria history!

This year, a group did a study on the countries most affected by the mosquito-transmitted disease.  They found out that despite the fact that "malaria mortality rates have diminished by 42% since 2000, the disease caused an estimated 627,000 deaths in 2012 only", according to the World Health Organization.  This is a significant number of deaths!  The study also observed the following:

  • Children and pregnant women are the worst affected, and over 80% of deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa among children under five.
  • Malaria is one of the most serious public health problems in Sierra Leone, according to the WHO.
  • It is the most common cause of illness and death in the country, accounting for about 50% of outpatient visits and 38% of admissions.
  • Malaria-related illnesses contribute to 38% and 25% of child and all-ages mortality rates, respectively.
  • Sierra Leone's government has identified malaria as an illness of high priority, and various organs of the government, including the Ministry of Health, are undertaking all efforts possible to reduce the incidence of malaria, UNICEF said.

With all this confirms the vital necessity to do what we are doing together - providing the much needed nets to prevent the spread of this disease.  Thankfully, with YOUR support, we have provided thousands of nets over the past years - helping to save many lives from sickness and possible death.  

The beneficiaries that have received nets through your support - such as the ones pictures - are ever so grateful for the provision of these nets as it eliminates their exposure at the most crucial time of the day - when they are asleep at night.  Thanks to YOUR SUPPORT - many of the under 5 children who are most at risk are now able to sleep safe and sound.  All this would not have been possible without your support.

The facts clearly indicate that there are still many, many lives at risk.  YOUR HELP is essential and will make the difference between one or more lives being able to live through another month.  

At least 500 families are at risk - sleeping with no nets or with damaged, torn nets - in the Wellington community.  We need to provide each family with 2-3 nets. We need YOUR help. Can you help us provide this life-preserving gift to them today?  

Your donation of $10 will provide one net - helping us this essential protection to one more child.  Thanks so much for your support!  On behalf of the grateful families - THANK YOU!

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Juanita - bed net beneficiary
Juanita - bed net beneficiary

Did you know that over half a million people die from malaria every year, mostly children younger than five years old. Only about 5% of children sleep under a net.  These statistics can be depressing!

The great news, on the other hand, is that we are together helping to address this and turning the tide.  Along with your support, thousands of nets have been distributed free.  

The insecticide-treated mosquito nets that we provide are a proven method of reducing exposure to mosquito bites and the killer disease of malaria. The bed nets save lives by effectively reducing exposure to mosquito bites. The nets are useful particularly for protecting vulnerable children who are less resistant to the malaria. 

Juanita is one of the beneficiaries who received a net and this video includes her brief testimonial.  As you can see from the video, we are making a definite impact and Juanita is now mosquito-bite and malaria-free.  Thanks so much for helping to make this happen!  

Thousands of families do not have nets. We could together help many more families stay healthy.  

Can you join us in providing 5 nets today?  Your donation of $50 will bring the priceless gift of health to 5 deserving children.  Thanks so much for your support!

Make a donation now!

 

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
http://www.developafrica.org

Project Leader

Sylvester Renner

Founder
Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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