Did you know that the 25 April is marked as World Malaria Day each year? This is because the impact of malaria is still significant - and is an attempt to help focus attention to it. Fortunately, since you are reading this, you are already aware of this problem and helping to make malaria history!
This year, a group did a study on the countries most affected by the mosquito-transmitted disease. They found out that despite the fact that "malaria mortality rates have diminished by 42% since 2000, the disease caused an estimated 627,000 deaths in 2012 only", according to the World Health Organization. This is a significant number of deaths! The study also observed the following:
Children and pregnant women are the worst affected, and over 80% of deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa among children under five.
It is the most common cause of illness and death in the country, accounting for about 50% of outpatient visits and 38% of admissions.
Malaria-related illnesses contribute to 38% and 25% of child and all-ages mortality rates, respectively.
Sierra Leone's government has identified malaria as an illness of high priority, and various organs of the government, including the Ministry of Health, are undertaking all efforts possible to reduce the incidence of malaria, UNICEF said.
With all this confirms the vital necessity to do what we are doing together - providing the much needed nets to prevent the spread of this disease. Thankfully, with YOUR support, we have provided thousands of nets over the past years - helping to save many lives from sickness and possible death.
The beneficiaries that have received nets through your support - such as the ones pictures - are ever so grateful for the provision of these nets as it eliminates their exposure at the most crucial time of the day - when they are asleep at night. Thanks to YOUR SUPPORT - many of the under 5 children who are most at risk are now able to sleep safe and sound. All this would not have been possible without your support.
The facts clearly indicate that there are still many, many lives at risk. YOUR HELP is essential and will make the difference between one or more lives being able to live through another month.
At least 500 families are at risk - sleeping with no nets or with damaged, torn nets - in the Wellington community. We need to provide each family with 2-3 nets. We need YOUR help. Can you help us provide this life-preserving gift to them today?
Your donation of $10 will provide one net - helping us this essential protection to one more child. Thanks so much for your support! On behalf of the grateful families - THANK YOU!
Did you know that over half a million people die from malaria every year, mostly children younger than five years old. Only about 5% of children sleep under a net. These statistics can be depressing!
The great news, on the other hand, is that we are together helping to address this and turning the tide. Along with your support, thousands of nets have been distributed free.
The insecticide-treated mosquito nets that we provide are a proven method of reducing exposure to mosquito bites and the killer disease of malaria. The bed nets save lives by effectively reducing exposure to mosquito bites. The nets are useful particularly for protecting vulnerable children who are less resistant to the malaria.
Juanita is one of the beneficiaries who received a net and this video includes her brief testimonial. As you can see from the video, we are making a definite impact and Juanita is now mosquito-bite and malaria-free. Thanks so much for helping to make this happen!
Thousands of families do not have nets. We could together help many more families stay healthy.
Can you join us in providing 5 nets today? Your donation of $50 will bring the priceless gift of health to 5 deserving children. Thanks so much for your support!
Did you know that YOUR donation / support of this project is helping to accomplish something effective and proven! Here are 2 snippets / resources that confirm this:
1. The families that we have provided with nets now have a dramatically reduced or zero incidence of malaria. Thanks to your support - there has been a dramatic drop in illness and loss of time due to illness - at work and school. One such beneficiary is Randy F (pictured). Randy lives in the Wellington suburb of Freetown. He is a carpenter and the main provider of a family of four, with monthly income of $50 - not enough to cover the basic needs of the home. His family lives in a single bedroom apartment with electricity but no running water.
When we interviewed Randy, he confirmed that his family is now having interruption and mosquito-bite-free sleep each night. Since he received a net 13 months ago, no one in his family has had malaria. This is significant because malaria used to be a common occurrence - with each person getting malaria between 1-3 times each year! Randy and his family are deeply grateful to Global Giving and Develop Africa donors for the provision of the health-preserving bed net.
This is truly exciting news - to know that Your support is making a proven, verified impact.
Given the wide-spread and on-going exposure to mosquitoes, we are together indeed taking the best course of action - helping to provide mosquito nets.
The Next Step: While we have together provided thousands of nets, there are many more homes with no mosquito nets or with just one net. We invite you to join us in ensuring that every family that needs a net gets one. Can you help us do so by provide a net through your donation of $10 today?
The next best way you can help is to join us in raising funds. This is an fantastic way to invite your friends and family to join you in making a difference. You can start your fundraiser here - http://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/fundraiser-new/type today! Let us know if you have any questions or need our help setting this up. Thanks!
It's a pleasure once again to share a project update - this time in the form of a video. It certainly helps to see and also hear about the impact we are making together. Sometimes, we may be disengaged or not fully grasp the impact of our intervention - providing nets. The video helped me realize again how essential nets are to life and health in Sierra Leone.
In the video, Joshua conveys gratitude on behalf of the community (in Wellington, Freetown, Sierra Leone) and Door of Hope for the provision of insecticide-treated bed nets. He explains that as a result of the provision of hundreds of nets, the children, women and men are no longer under threat from malaria. Thanks to your generosity and that of Develop Africa donors, many lives are now malaria-free.
The linked WHO report confirms that "Mosquito nets have been key to bringing down the death toll from the disease". Global targets for combating the disease are under threat as the rate of increase in funding is leveling off. Given this decline in global support, it's all the more important that we increase our efforts to combat this disease. Let's continue to ensure that many more families are able to live in good health - free from malaria. The nets we provide together will help them live longer by making sure that they are malaria-free. With these nets the beneficiaries can focus their energies and resources on other important issues.
We welcome your on-going support that enables the provision of many more nets. Through your special large gift today or by signing up for a recurring donation, we will together do so much more. Thanks for helping to maintain funding for the provision of nets - setting people free from the threat of Malaria!
It's mosquito trivia time and I have 2 important facts for you:
1. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on Earth. That's right, more deaths are associated with mosquitoes than any other animal on the planet. Mosquitoes may carry any number of deadly diseases, including malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. Mosquitoes also carry heartworm, which can be lethal to your dog. (source - http://insects.about.com/od/flies/a/10-facts-about-mosquitoes.htm)
2. Nets Reduce Deaths and Are Very Effective Insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) are a form of personal protection that has been shown to reduce malaria illness, severe disease, and death due to malaria in endemic regions. In community-wide trials in several African settings, ITNs have been shown to reduce the death of children under 5 years from all causes by about 20%. (source -http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/malaria_worldwide/reduction/itn.html)
The above 2 facts help to underscore the importance of what we are doing together - saving lives from the deadliest animals on earth by providing treated bed nets. Simple, un-dramatic (no bells, buzz and whistles) but so very effective. Immediate impact. Easy to implement.
The photo included shows a group of beneficiaries happily holding the nets that they have received as they know that they are now free from pesky mosquitoes. It's a joy to know we are saving lives from death!
We together could do so much more. Could you join us in this endeavor by helping to provide many more nets? Your donation of $30 a month will provide 3 nets each month. Your support is needed and important because it will help eradicate malaria from the lives of individuals and families. Knowing that we can count on your $30 or more each month will provide ongoing progress - helping us to provide for the entire community. Your recurring donations will be a predictable stream of income, making it easier for us to plan financially.
Right now is a great time to sign up for a recurring donation as during the month of December, GlobalGiving is offering a 100% match on all initial recurring donations up to $100 per donor. Your recurring donation could also help us win a $500 bonus award! You have to sign up nowin order for your donation to count during this campaign. Thanks for your support
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