Health
 Mali
Project #1821

1,000 Mosquito Nets to Protect Against Malaria

by Ouelessebougou Alliance
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Iniche!

We are excited to announce that we are beginning the distribution of mosquito nets.

The staff is so excited about this, and about the practice of using nets generally, both in the US and in Mali.

Our distributors having been making numerous trips out to the villages and many of them will wait for hours, for the villagers to return after farming in the fields, to ensure that every net finds a home.

Malaria is always on the forefront of our minds as we continue to facilitate sustainable programs in health. We know that the best way to continue to prevent the spread of the disease is with mosquito nets.

Please consider helping us help stop the spread of Malaria.

Kids & pregnant women are at most risk of malaria.
Kids & pregnant women are at most risk of malaria.

It was a particularly wet rainy season, which is a blessing.  Some of our village wells were dry in March and that was 3 months before the rains would come. We hope that there was enough rain this summer so that the wells will continue to produce water for the next 9 months.

But the rainy season also brings mosquitos and this year they were bad.  Just last week we lost two little ones under the age of 5 in the village of Tamala.  Their families had nets.  I am waiting to hear from our Field Director about the condition of the nets.  Maybe there was a hole?  Maybe they were trying to cover too many people with one net and it wasn't secure?  Maybe the children were bit before nightfall, which is becoming more and more common.

We cannot claim 100% success with the nets.  No organization can. BUT, we do know that nets are the best tool to fight malaria.  Until a vaccine is approved, insecticide treated nets along with proper training on how to use the net along with follow up to ensure nets are being used is our best weapon.

Thanks for your continued support of our mosquito net program.  We are making a difference and have seen an almost 92% decrease in malaria in our villages.  

We can always use more nets so please continue to support this lifesaving program and encourage your friends to do so as well.

With gratitude,

Angie

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Health Agents Picking Up Nets To Distribute
Health Agents Picking Up Nets To Distribute

We are in the process of creating our budget for the 15-16 program year.  Anounou, our Field Director in Mali, sends me the budget for projects in our villages and there is always a side note next to mosquito nets.  "*There are never enough nets so how many can we do this year?"

With your help, we can reach MORE than 1,134 families this year.  100% of the money donated through GlobalGiving goes to the specific project request.  With each net delivered, a family also receives training on how to properly use the net and follow-up visits to ensure they are using the net.

Please GIVE TODAY to our mosquito net project and help save a child from malaria.  Thank you!

Students in Kaban learn about malaria
Students in Kaban learn about malaria

Ouelessebougou Alliance is committed to sustainable interventions.  Which is why with each net purchased, we provide training on the proper use and care of mosquito nets.

To further strengthen our messages, we incorporate all health initiatives into the local primary school.  Here you see a group of young students holding a mosquito net after a lesson on malaria.  The reason our programs are successful is because we use every opportunity to reinforce the knowledge we share with villages.

When you donate money for a mosquito net, you are providing individuals with a life-saving device AND the knowledge they need to make positive decisions for the health of their families.

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The toll the Ebola outbreak has taken on West African countries is shocking.  While the country of Mali hasn't been affected, we are deeply concerned for our neighbors, Guinea and Senegal.

And while this virus rages on, Africans still face the same health challenges that kill so many of them annually.  Malaria remains one of the top health issues they face.  Mosquito nets are the only method of protection and typically cost between $5 to $10.  For those who live in extreme poverty (less than $1 per day) a $10 net seems prohibitive.

The Alliance subsidizes the cost of the net so that villagers only pay $1 for a net that can protect a family of four up to three years.

Thanks for your continued support of this critical initiative.  And hopefully there will come a day when we CAN forget about malaria.

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Organization Information

Ouelessebougou Alliance

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.lifteachother.org
Project Leader:
Angie Roberts
Executive Director
Salt Lake City, Utah United States

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