Malaria is the leading cause of death among children in Africa. Tragically, thousands of lives are needlessly lost each year. We are helping to address this by providing education and long-lasting nets to vulnerable populations in Sierra Leone. These nets create a barrier and are a proven and effective way of reducing exposure to mosquitoes. Mosquito nets save lives, lost time and unnecessary expenses on medication/treatment.
According to WHO estimates, there were 219 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2017. The African Region continues to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2017, the region was home to 92% of malaria cases and 93% of all Malaria deaths. Infection is particularly harsh on children under the age of 5, they accounted for 61% of all malaria deaths worldwide in 2017. This needless loss of life and potential is disheartening and unsettling.
Our funds help provide long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). These nets create an effective barrier and provide protection from the mosquito bites. This has been shown to reduce malaria illness, severe disease, and death due to malaria in endemic regions. According to the 2018 WHO report, ITNs continue to be an effective tool for malaria prevention. When using the nets, beneficiaries have reported a 100% effectiveness rate - reducing malaria incidences to zero.
A reduction in deaths by malaria will make it possible for more people, who would have died, to take part in growing their community's economy. Nets also eliminate the loss in productivity that happens when people fall sick. Families will also not need to divert scarce resources towards malaria medication, remedies, and hospitalization. By reducing infection and death, we uplift the people, communities, and nations of Africa.