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.
Jun 16, 2016

Malaria outbreak in Northern Uganda

Children at a distribution
Children at a distribution

A young father arrives on the back of a motor bike with his seven-year-old daughter in arms. Limp and unresponsive, she has been diagnosed with malaria in a northern hospital, but she is too sick for their care. They have transferred her to this referral center with the promise of treatment. The hospital checks her blood and confirms the malaria diagnosis. They also confirm that she will likely die without a blood transfusion, but the hospital is out of blood. She cannot stay at this hospital. They must travel on. The father sobs. There is no money for transport to another hospital. Please do what they can here, or he will have to bring her back home without treatment. Malaria cases surge in northern Uganda. Kitgum hospital which typically sees 1,000 cases a week (a number already too high) is now seeing 5,000. This epidemic is straining the health care system. There aren't enough doctors, nurses to help the patients. There aren't enough beds in the hospital--patients are sleeping on the hospital grounds. Hospitals are running out of blood for patients. They are running out of malaria medication. Families cannot afford the treatment. You can help! We are preparing to distribute 5,000 nets next week in northern Uganda to help stop this epidemic. Every dollar you give helps immensely.

Mar 21, 2016

The election is over so school is back in session!

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Now that the election has ended, our students are headed back to school! Due to concerns for peace during election time, the schools have remained on an extended break. Fortunately, there has been peace in Uganda after the presidential election.

Start of the new academic year means that our efforts are ramping up to begin distributions…

How can you help?

 

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Mar 14, 2016

A distribution update

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A DISTRIBUTION UPDATE
 
I was in Uganda in 2011 when South Sudan gained its independence.  For weeks preceding their independence day, the Sudanese could be seen packing their belongings, saying their goodbyes, and telling their friends that something good had come out of their suffering—the independent South Sudan they had always dreamed of having. They headed home to be present at the ceremony and build a new South Sudan.  Those who stayed behind celebrated the day of their independence with celebrations that could be heard around Kampala city. 
 
Two years later, the hope was quashed when a civil war broke out between the president and vice president of Sudan.  People were divided along ethnic lines, and the suffering they had endured to bring about an independent South Sudan was repeated.  Rival troops passed through the villages.  Men and boys did not escape, women and girls bore other scars of war.  By the time, I returned to Uganda in 2014 many South Sudanese had come back and hundreds were arriving each day.  This time as women headed and children headed households.  
Despite everything they have been through, they still have hope.  One of the refugee women, Gloria, brought me baskets and cake.  Please, help her sell these things so that she can pay for her daughter to go to high school.  They hope that South Sudan will stabilize and their children will be the future leaders in the country.  As such, the public schools in Uganda swell with South Sudanese refugees.  Still, there are many barriers for them to attend school—they plant crops on small plots allocated by UNHCR.  They walk for hours to obtain water for their households.  They struggle with hunger.  They are very vulnerable to sickness, especially malaria.  For children who have already overcome so much, seen so much, and will continue to struggle, our goal is to help them stay in school by protecting them against malaria.  Everyone in Katulikire area suffers from malaria almost annually.  Due to malnutrition, stress, conditions in the refugee camp, the refugees are particularly vulnerable to malaria.  By protecting these children against malaria and helping their families, we protect the workforce, financial resources, and help our students so that they may live to see stability in South Sudan and return educated to become future leaders. 
Our goal was to distribute nets on October 15 to the students in the refugee camp, but on September 15, we did not have adequate funding.  We issued a plea for help to protect the first 2,000 refugee students.  We received an outpouring of support from across the country, particularly from Charlie Johnson and the followers of his blog.  Because of this support, we not only covered the first 2,000 students, we were able to expand our efforts to a second refugee school and distribute nets to 3,965 refugee students at Canrom and Bidong Public schools. 
 
Thank you again for your generosity.  We could not have done it without you. 

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