Bed nets distributed to students in Freetown
Dear Project Supporters,
We are going to “Draw the Line Against Malaria” this World Malaria Day (April 25th) and your continued support is helping to do that by providing long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) also called bed nets to families and individuals in Sierra Leone.
As many as one in two children under the age of five admitted into children’s wards in Sierra Leone have been there as a result of severe malaria.
Statistically, according to WHO-
- In 2019, there were an estimated 229 million cases of malaria worldwide.
- The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 409,000 in 2019.
- Children aged under 5 years are the most vulnerable group affected by malaria; in 2019, they accounted for 67% (274,000) of all malaria deaths worldwide.
- The WHO African Region carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2019, the region was home to 94% of malaria cases and deaths.
As part of Develop Africa Sierra Leone interventions to our beneficiaries, 100 mosquito nets treated with insecticide were recently distributed to children in Freetown, Bo, Makeni, and Kamawornie.
These long-lasting treated nets are expected to prevent these kids and their families from malaria for at least one year and could make a significant difference to the health of these kids.
According to statistics gathered by the Kamawornie Village Hospital in 2019/2020, 628 under five kids and 440 adults were affected by malaria, with a total of 1068 malaria cases were recorded.
We encourage you to help #EndMalaria by making a donation today to provide a bed net to a family in need. For every $10 you donate, another family will have a life-saving bed net.
You can even start a monthly recurring donation here to provide bed nets to new families all year long.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at GlobalGiving@developafrica.org.
With great appreciation,
Amy & The Develop Africa Team
Makeni Students Receiving Bed Nets
Kamawornie student receiving a bed net