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.
Nov 29, 2016

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Lucy and Scovia
Lucy and Scovia

In the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to meet recipients of NETwork Against Malaria's work. Lucy and Scovia welcomed me to their home to show me they still use the nets they received while students at Diima primary school.  They share the mud and concrete roundhouse with a thatched roof.  Lucy received her net in 2013 when she was in P4, our 4th grade.  Now she is in P7. If she completes her studies this year, she will graduate from primary school. This is great achievement for a child in Katulikire.  Scovia also received a net but was unable to enroll in secondary school.  Since receiving nets, neither sister has had malaria.

Thanks to your generosity Lucy, Scovia and every other student in Katulikire has received a net. 

Nov 25, 2016

Jasper thanks you!

Jasper
Jasper

In the summer of 2016, I traveled to Uganda to meet NETwork Against Malaria's recipients. Jasper, now a P6, was proud to show us the net he received years ago and still uses.  His mother, newly widowed, was so glad to meet those who gave him the net, she shared with us bananas and corn.  She works the farm alone while Jasper is in school.  He walks three miles home from school and then spends his evening and nights laboring by her side.

Thank you for supporting our students like Jasper. With your help, NETwork Against Malaria has distributed nets to every grade school in Katulikire. 

Sep 19, 2016

A trip to Katulikire...

Lucy and Scovia
Lucy and Scovia

When at Katulikire Health Center I recognized how few drugs they had.  They had no doctor, at all, ever, only nurses who completed two year degrees, and no additional training. These woman, just in the morning I was there, managed a snake bite, child birth, and about a dozen cases of malaria. 

I was humbled and honored to participate in a net distribution.  I have never been so grateful or fulfilled as when seven different students showed me their huts and their mats where they still used nets they had received years ago.  Their homes were cement and mud one room round houses with thatched roofs.  They grew whatever they could around them and walked barefooted miles to and from school.  

Kiryandongo, along the Nile, has one of the highest prevalence of malaria in the country.  The people are very poor and cannot afford treatment. I was proud I had done something to help.

I cannot express how grateful I am to you for your past support, to make it possible for us to distribute nets and fix the Katulikire ambulance.  They use the ambulance to transport critical patients to an in patient hospital miles away.  Without it, the people could not reach the care they urgently need.

My journey in Uganda solidified for me the desire to do international medical work throughout my career.  I ate the food, learned a bit of the language, observed and participated in medical care, and made many new friends. I am determined to work hard and return in order to lessen disparities between peoples.  Poor health inhibits one’s ability to experience aspects of joy.  Poor health care robs a mother of her child.  Poor resources mean a child may die while driving forty minutes on a boda boda to the emergency room, or a bowel obstruction surgery may not go as well when the electricity goes out and the procedure is completed under the glow of a flashlight.  GECC, the ECPs, and the nurses and doctors of Nyakibale are working tirelessly to improve the health and resources of Nyakibale.  Now I am determined to do the same.

I thank you again for your support in the past.  I’ve attached a photo of a photo of Lucy and Scovia two sisters who received nets years ago and showed me their home in Kiryandongo, and a photo me giving a net to a P1 student at Livingstone Primary School.  Thank you for your support.  While I was there, I hope I helped further the efforts of NETwork Against Malaria and improved the care of patients I interacted with.  I hope I served the people of Kiryandongo well.  I will continue my work with NETwork Against Malaria and will train to serve people in Uganda as a medical professional in the future.  I will work towards eliminating barriers to health and happiness.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

With my gratitude and well wishes,

Sincerely,
Mary Claire McGlynn

St. Livingstone Net Recipient
St. Livingstone Net Recipient
 
   

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