Project #6826

Protect 32,000 School Children from Malaria

by NETwork Against Malaria
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,

Mary Claire McGlynn

St. Livingstone Net Recipient
St. Livingstone Net Recipient
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.



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?


New Corporate partners!

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Winter 2015





NCYC Success!

Seven teen volunteers represented NETwork Against Malaria at the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) held in Indianapolis on November 19-22, 2015.  Over 24,000 high school students attended  NCYC.  They came from all over the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. Our NETwork Against Malaria teens shared with these peers the deadly impact of malaria by distributing 20,000 thousand of pieces of information about malaria to conference goers. They spoke to their peers about malaria and its deadly impact on the lives of students and children in Uganda. NETwork teen volunteers were touched to see the heartfelt reaction of the conference-goers when they learned that one child dies of malaria every five minutes in Uganda. Ugandan students often miss 60 days of school sick with malaria. In Uganda, a student is required to pass an end of the year competency exam in order to go onto the next grade. Malaria, if survived, keeps many students from passing onto the next grade. In the case of girls, impoverished parents often do not want to pay the school fees for girls to repeat the same grade. Girls are often forced to drop out of school and relegated to a life of poverty.

NETwork Against Malaria volunteers also sold jewelry and up-cycled items at their booth at NCYC to raise money to buy enough malaria nets to protect one school in Uganda. Before attending NCYC, teen volunteers worked for months to make beanies, mittens and leg warmers from recycled donated sweaters. They tye-dyed 300 t-shirts and hand painted NETwork Against Malaria’s logo on each t-shirt and 250 sweat shirts. Other items like bracelets, necklaces, earrings, bookmarks, rings, wire crosses and rosaries were some of the thousands items made by NETwork Against Malaria chapters across the United States. All these items were sold to purchase malaria nets for the students in Uganda.


NCYC was a great success. For three days these seven students shared the message of how malaria kills millions, prevents students from going to school to learn and how one single malaria net costing $5.00 can (given to a student who shares the net with two siblings), can protect the lives of three children for 10 years. Our NETwork teen volunteers inspired thousands of their peers to get involved and reach out to students in Uganda. These teen volunteers raised over $9,000 and inspired the beginning of several new chapters. Such giving of themselves and devotion to a cause is an exemplary example for all.


Thank you again for your generosity. We could not have done it without you.

Volunteer spotlight:

Meet Victor


Victor is an exchange student from Nigeria. He worked tirelessly on Monday evenings for four months to create fine up-cycled items sold at NCYC. Victor learned to cut with a scissors and to run an electric sewing machine. He has had malaria 3 times himself. While Victor was working to save the lives of Ugandan students from malaria his college-age sister became ill with malaria when she accidently left her malaria net at home. She spent two weeks in the hospital and is now doing well. Victor says he sleeps under a malaria net every night when at home. Victor said of his volunteering with NETwork Against Malaria, "If I can help save one child from getting malaria, I will be happy."



Update from Uganda

After our most recent net distribution in Uganda, NETwork Against Malaria was featured by the national newspaper, New Vision,

as well as the national news station, NBS.


Feel free to watch and see the view of NETwork from the Ugandan perspective.




Electrokaplosion-fighting malaria with music

Benjamin Bousquet is the musician behind Electrokaplosion. He writes and produces all of his own music. He describes himself as, “Just a lonely Spaceman making music on the moon.”


Ben also has decided that 100% of all proceeds made by his new album "Expanding Horizons" will be donated to NETwork Against Malaria. Be sure to check it out now on Bandcamp!




Chapter update

Several dedicated students across the country are in the process of expanding the efforts of NETwork to new universities including:

  1. Alice Steffl, Allison Renken at University of North Dakota
  2. Jimmy Qian at Penn
  3. Kalian Shi, Caroline Zhu, Caroline Lee, Charis Wang, Kiujoy Kokko, Alvin Sheng at Rice
  4. Sanika Sherry, Divya Navi, Anna Hoiberg, Annie Johnson, Simran Aulakh, Tom Berta, Laurel Smeins, Ryan Smith at Iowa State
  5. Valenza Stearns at Seton Hall


Thank you for investing in NETwork Against Malaria. Our efforts to protect students against malaria and awareness in Katulikire are spreading throughout Uganda.  Recently, NETwork has been featured on national tv and in the national newspaper in Uganda.  These articles discussed our distribution at Conram Primary School, a distribution you made possible.  The articles detail how students at Conram use 5 languages to communicate. Many students in the area miss school due to malaria sickness but most parents cannot afford the treatment.  At most health centers malaria is the leading diagnosis, especially for students between 0 and 12 years old.  It is also true that few students can afford to prevent the disease by purchasing malaria nets.  This is where NETwork comes in!!  Despite the high incidence of malaria in the Katulikire region, few NGOs focus on school children in the area.

Francis Banura, our volunteer, confirmed that surveys have indicated that absenteeism has drastically reduced in areas where NETwork has distributed nets. 

Please take the time to watch the video and read the newspaper article! You can see hear about malaria from the eye of our recipients and volunteers!



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NETwork Against Malaria

Location: Belleville, IL - USA
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Project Leader:
Lara Gruye
Belleville, IL United States
$11,432 raised of $30,000 goal
127 donations
$18,568 to go
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