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, in 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide. The African Region continues to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2018, the region was home to 93% of malaria cases and 94% of malaria deaths. This needless loss of life and potential is disheartening and unsettling. Also, malaria infections can cause illness great enough to hinder work and income for adults. And, it can hinder progress in school for kids.
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 by keeping working families healthy and productive.
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