Provide a mosquito net, save a life from Malaria

 
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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!

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Randy holding his new net
Randy holding his new net

Did you know that YOUR donation / support of this project is helping to accomplish something effective and proven!  Here are 2 snippets / resources that confirm this:  

1. The families that we have provided with nets now have a dramatically reduced or zero incidence of malaria.  Thanks to your support - there has been a dramatic drop in illness and loss of time due to illness - at work and school.  One such beneficiary is Randy F (pictured). Randy lives in the Wellington suburb of Freetown.  He is a carpenter and the main provider of a family of four, with monthly income of $50 - not enough to cover the basic needs of the home.  His family lives in a single bedroom apartment with electricity but no running water.  

When we interviewed Randy, he confirmed that his family is now having interruption and mosquito-bite-free sleep each night.  Since he received a net 13 months ago, no one in his family has had malaria. This is significant because malaria used to be a common occurrence - with each person getting malaria between 1-3 times each year!  Randy and his family are deeply grateful to Global Giving and Develop Africa donors for the provision of the health-preserving bed net.

This is truly exciting news - to know that Your support is making a proven, verified impact.


2.  I just read an article that further confirms the efficacy of treated mosquito nets. According to the article, "Prevention still the best form of protection.  But there's still no malaria vaccine in sight. So prevention remains the first line of attack." Source - http://www.dw.de/mosquito-nets-laced-with-insecticide-help-tanzania-lower-malaria-rates/a-16998413

Given the wide-spread and on-going exposure to mosquitoes, we are together indeed taking the best course of action - helping to provide mosquito nets.


The Next Step: While we have together provided thousands of nets, there are many more homes with no mosquito nets or with just one net.  We invite you to join us in ensuring that every family that needs a net gets one.  Can you help us do so by provide a net through your donation of $10 today?

The next best way you can help is to join us in raising funds.  This is an fantastic way to invite your friends and family to join you in making a difference. You can start your fundraiser here - http://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/fundraiser-new/type today!  Let us know if you have any questions or need our help setting this up.  Thanks!

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Dear friends and supporters

It's a pleasure once again to share a project update - this time in the form of a video.  It certainly helps to see and also hear about the impact we are making together.  Sometimes, we may be disengaged or not fully grasp the impact of our intervention - providing nets.  The video helped me realize again how essential nets are to life and health in Sierra Leone. 

In the video, Joshua conveys gratitude on behalf of the community (in Wellington, Freetown, Sierra Leone) and Door of Hope for the provision of insecticide-treated bed nets.   He explains that as a result of the provision of hundreds of nets, the children, women and men are no longer under threat from malaria. Thanks to your generosity and that of Develop Africa donors, many lives are now malaria-free.

Watch the video

The linked WHO report confirms that "Mosquito nets have been key to bringing down the death toll from the disease".  Global targets for combating the disease are under threat as the rate of increase in funding is leveling off.  Given this decline in global support, it's all the more important that we increase our efforts to combat this disease. Let's continue to ensure that many more families are able to live in good health - free from malaria.  The nets we provide together will help them live longer by making sure that they are malaria-free.  With these nets the beneficiaries can focus their energies and resources on other important issues. 

We welcome your on-going support that enables the provision of many more nets. Through your special large gift today or by signing up for a recurring donation, we will together do so much more.  Thanks for helping to maintain funding for the provision of nets - setting people free from the threat of Malaria!




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Group of mosquito bed net recipients
Group of mosquito bed net recipients

It's mosquito trivia time and I have 2 important facts for you:

1. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on Earth.
That's right, more deaths are associated with mosquitoes than any other animal on the planet. Mosquitoes may carry any number of deadly diseases, including malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. Mosquitoes also carry heartworm, which can be lethal to your dog. (source - http://insects.about.com/od/flies/a/10-facts-about-mosquitoes.htm)

2.  Nets Reduce Deaths and Are Very Effective
Insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) are a form of personal protection that has been shown to reduce malaria illness, severe disease, and death due to malaria in endemic regions. In community-wide trials in several African settings, ITNs have been shown to reduce the death of children under 5 years from all causes by about 20%. (source  -http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/malaria_worldwide/reduction/itn.html)

The above 2 facts help to underscore the importance of what we are doing together - saving lives from the deadliest animals on earth by providing treated bed nets.  Simple, un-dramatic (no bells, buzz and whistles) but so very effective.  Immediate impact.  Easy to implement.

The photo included shows a group of beneficiaries happily holding the nets that they have received as they know that they are now free from pesky mosquitoes.  It's a joy to know we are saving lives from death!

We together could do so much more.  Could you join us in this endeavor by helping to provide many more nets? Your donation of $30 a month will provide 3 nets each month.  Your support is needed and important because it will help eradicate malaria from the lives of individuals and families.  Knowing that we can count on your $30 or more each month will provide ongoing progress - helping us to provide for the entire community.  Your recurring donations will be a predictable stream of income, making it easier for us to plan financially.

Right now is a great time to sign up for a recurring donation as during the month of December, GlobalGiving is offering a 100% match on all initial recurring donations up to $100 per donor.  Your recurring donation could also help us win a $500 bonus award!  You have to sign up now in order for your donation to count during this campaign. Thanks for your support

Sign up now - start your recurring donation - helping to provide many more nets!

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Group of mosquito net beneficiaries
Group of mosquito net beneficiaries

Light, camera, action! - It's video time and time to hear from none other than our bed net beneficiaries themselves.

This report provides a peek into the world of 2 children in Freetown who briefly talk about the difference that the bed nets have made in their lives.  Kadiatu firstly, tells us that "the bed net was so important in promoting good health.  No more mosquito bites, malaria, skin rash".  She also adds, "No more extra spending in my health.  The benefits are staying.  Healthy sound mind, sound sleep". 

Ali, the second beneficiary, tells us that "Without the treated bed nets, I would not be as healthy as I am.  Thanks to Develop Africa my mother is now using the proceeds from her business to nourish my body – not to fight malaria."

The video is 2 minutes long and also includes several individual and group photos of other beneficiaries.  Click here to watch the video of the bed net beneficiaries.

Two key elements to note here:

  1. Beneficiaries are now safe, healthy and sleeping well.  Besides not getting sick, the nets are providing the added benefit of sleep
  2. The nets are saving the families from unnecessary expenditure on malaria sickness treatment.  From talking to the families, I know that this can be an unnecessary drain on the meager financial resources of families.

By providing this simple but effective solution, we are together making a definite difference.  Thanks so much for your life-changing and on-going support.

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Organization

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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