Provide a Mosquito Net, Save a Life from Malaria

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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Salamatu is so grateful for her bed net
Salamatu is so grateful for her bed net

Dear Project Supporters,

Your support has helped us provide mosquito nets to families and children who are now sleeping well at night, free from mosquito bites and malaria. Salamatu, Mariama and John (pictured) are so grateful for your support.

Statistics indicate that less than 10% of children sleep under protective nets in Sierra Leone, where malaria is still a frequent and killer disease.  

Malaria is sadly still the most common disease. In the past year, at least 2 known kids that Develop Africa has supported with school supplies have passed away.

Each net we are able to provide these families saves lives and significantly lowers the risk of getting malaria. This risk is further reduced by provided training on the importance of their use. As a result of these interventions, families are healthier and live longer.

Providing bed nets is an ongoing project until 100% of the children in Sierra Leone sleep under a protective bed net.  We want to change the statistics and prevent Malaria, which will save thousands of lives, mostly young children, each year.

Thank you so much for your support!


With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

Mariama is thankful for her bed net also
Mariama is thankful for her bed net also
John thanks you for protecting his family
John thanks you for protecting his family
Bed Nets are saving lives
Bed Nets are saving lives

Dear Project Supporters,

Last week, we read an illuminating article discussing the eradication of malaria. The article reminds us that malaria is still a deadly disease, deserving of our attention:

Malaria, a mosquito-borne illness, is one of the world's deadliest infectious diseases. More than two hundred million people contract the disease each year, and more than four hundred thousand die from it. Once transmitted in nearly every country on earth, today the vast majority of infections occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 70 percent of malaria deaths are in children under five.

Thanks to your support we are continuing to provide bed nets to new families that are in need.  I know it's hard to believe that a $10 bed net can save a life... but it does.  Each bed net, that we are able to provide to someone in need, is protecting them from malaria while they sleep.

Our goal is to continue to help save as many lives as possible till malaria is eradicated.

Let's Go Back Stage: Have you ever slept under a mosquito net?  If not we have a video for you - of a young lady, whose family just received a bed net, thanks to your generosity.  In the video, we get a look back stage, into her bedroom.  She shows us how to use a bed net, hanging from the ceiling. It is simple and yet powerful.

Please take a minute to watch the video-  https://youtu.be/iX3bqlj2IOw.

You have enabled us to provide bed nets to many families, but many more families are still in need of bed nets. Please continue to support this project and help us provide many more bed nets.

Thank you again for helping save lives.

With great appreciation,

The Develop Africa Team

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Dear Project partners

Earlier this year, 200 bed nets were distributed to family heads and other inhabitants of Tombo - thanks to your generous donations.

The Councillor of Ward 340 in Tombo,  Amos Kalloh. said, "I am so appreciative of this good gesture for it will help protect my community people from malaria."

Tombo is the largest fishing community in Sierra Leone, with a population over 14,000 people. The main source of income is fishing.  People all over Sierra Leone come to Tombo to buy fish whole sale, retail and for domestic consumption.  Tombo has a lot of swamps making the community susceptible to a large mosquito population and high malaria incidence.

Osman Kamara one of the elders said, "The provision of bed nets will cause us to enjoy our sleep."

Thank you for your ongoing support that is helping us provide families with the much needed protection (bed nets) to prevent Malaria.

With great appreciation,

The Develop Africa Team


They are so thankful for your support
They are so thankful for your support
Enna Marie
Enna Marie

Dear Project Supporters,

Your support provided a net for an old woman called Ena Marie.  She tells us in this video in Limba (one of the local languages in Sierra Leone) how the net has helped her.  Watch the video https://youtu.be/T0JnMOQ_umU.

Ena Marie says in the video:

I want to thank God for the bed net. It has taken a long time that I have not been affected by malaria. I have not gone to the hospital for malaria because of the bed net you provided. Thank you very much. Ebola has come and gone I have not been to the hospital because of sickness.

Your partnership and donations made the difference!  Together we are truly changing the world, one life at a time.

The other day we ran into an article that gripped us. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Why is malaria the most important cause of economic distress?

ANSWER:
While malaria is clearly a huge burden on many aspects of society, including economies, in many parts of the world, I’m not sure it’s fair to say that it’s the leading cause of economic distress. However, it certainly contributes to slow economic progress, through mechanisms related to the “poverty trap” hypothesis developed by Jeffrey Sachs, a professor at Colombia University in New York City.

The World Health Organization estimates that in 2012 there were more than 200 million cases of malaria and nearly 630,000 people, mostly children, died of the disease.

Our challenge to fight them is a public health issue and treatments such as air conditioning, filters on cisterns, effective water sourcing, and minimizing standing water are essential mosquito management tools. Even simple mosquito nets have been effective. And while these techniques have all contributed to the decline of disease overall, in some parts of the world, more effort is needed.

This is why - all the more - we need to continue to provide this life-saving resource.  

Save The Date:

Starting at 09:00:00 EDT on March 16th, all donations until midnight are eligible to be matched at the Pro-Rated percent. The Pro-Rated percent is based on the total amount of funds raised on Bonus Day, the amount Develop Africa has raised, and the amount of matching funds that are available. This means we don’t yet know what the matching percent will be but we will find out at the end of the Bonus Day. With this structure, GlobalGiving is able to offer matching funds for every online donation during the day.

Thanks so much for your kind support!

The Develop Africa Team

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Adama and children
Adama and children

Dear Project Supporters,

Thanks to YOU, the project received $1,025 from 3 donors since our last report. Now, because of YOUR help, more bed net recipients will sleep better knowing they are protected against mosquito bites and malaria.

One of the beneficiaries, Adama, express her thanks...

Adama, states in this video: "I want to thank you for the bed net you provided. I can’t remember the last time I took my children to the hospital because of malaria. We are having good sleep and good rest. I want to thank you."

According to the UN News Centre, "In Africa alone – where some 90 per cent of all malaria-related deaths still occur – an estimated 69 per cent reduction in malaria mortality among children under the age of five over the past fifteen years has reportedly helped to improve overall child survival rates and has directly contributed to MDG4." ~ UN Millennium Development Goal target to reduce malaria burden achieved

The malaria-bed nets project has been of great help to the people of Wellington especially in the Mellon, Beccle, Philip, Magnus and Palmer Street communities.

These communities have a population of over 20,000 people. Since 2010, slightly over 3,000 people have benefitted from the distribution of bed nets to help fight malaria. Over 17,000 people are still waiting to receive their first distribution of bed nets.

There is a continued need for bed nets as more people migrate to and from these communities. In addition, the effectiveness of the chemical treatment given to the bed nets only has a lifespan of up to 3 years, and within that time the nets also undergo wear and tear.

Because of YOU, children who are most at risk are now able to sleep safe and sound. But, hundreds of families are still in need of bed nets in the Wellington community. Each family needs 2-3 nets per household. YOUR continued support will help us provide this life-preserving gift to them today!

Thanks so much for your support!

Best Wishes,
Develop Africa team

Adama under bed net
Adama under bed net

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States
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