In Sierra Leone, Malaria is claiming the lives of over 400,000 people annually, with a staggering majority being children under the age of five. Long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), commonly known as mosquito nets, offer a potent shield against the spread of this deadly disease. This project is dedicated to providing mosquito nets to families in need, accompanied by crucial malaria medication when required. By doing so, we aim to save lives and safeguard vulnerable communities.
Malaria remains a major public health challenge in Africa, with the region accounting for about 94% of the global malaria burden. In 2019, there were an estimated 229 million cases of malaria worldwide, causing illness and death, particularly among children under the age of five. (WHO 2022) Malaria also poses a significant economic burden, as it can result in missed work and school days, hindering productivity and progress. Urgent action is needed to prevent and treat malaria.
The solution to combat malaria in Sierra Leone is to provide long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) and malaria medication when needed. ITNs are a proven and effective tool for malaria prevention, reducing the number of malaria cases, severe illnesses, and deaths in endemic regions. With the funds raised, this project will provide ITNs to families in need and distribute medication when necessary. Together, we can make a significant impact in preventing malaria in Sierra Leone.
In addition to saving lives, providing long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) will have a long-term impact on the economy and productivity of African communities. By preventing malaria infections, families can avoid the loss of productivity due to illness and reduce the need for costly medical treatments. This frees up resources for other essential needs, such as education and business development, which can contribute to the growth and development of the community.