NETwork uses a community based approach to promote education and health by protecting impoverished school children in Uganda from malaria. Malaria is the number one cause of sickness and death in this age group. It is also the leading cause of preventable absenteeism causing children to fall behind and drop out of school. Giving nets to school children increases enrollment. Schools in Katulikire are free. More children come to school hoping to receive nets and miss fewer days due to malaria.
Malaria is the leading cause of death among grade school children in rural Uganda. Our goal is to keep children healthy and educate them in school to end the cycle of poverty. The best way to do that is give malaria nets. Children who attend our 52 schools can get malaria 3 times/year. If they survive the infection, they can miss 30+ school days, fall behind, and drop out of school relegating them to a life of poverty. The gift of health and education the best opportunity for our kids' futures.
Our organization is unique. It is designed and implemented by Ugandan volunteers and teachers living in the communities we serve. They teach about malaria before, during, and after distributions. This ensures that the nets are used and used properly. Public schools in Uganda are free but many children don't attend. Volunteers stress the importance of education. In the US, we raise awareness about malaria, Ugandan culture. We also emphasize the capacity of youth volunteers to make lasting change
Our nets give recipients health, opportunity for education and bettering their futures. After our distributions, teachers report fewer absences due to malaria. We also know that our work is promoting education. Teachers report increased enrollment. Parents enroll their children in our schools hoping that they will receive a malaria net. Finally, nets allow families to invest in crops/education instead of malaria treatment. Families can spend 1/4 of their income on malaria treatment.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
NETwork Against Malaria Bednet Distribution 2011
Why Do Bednets Work?
Video of NETwork's distribution August 2009