Malaria Is Number One Cause Of Mortality Maternal and Infantile In Mali
Malaria kills about 400,000 people every year and more than 200 million fall ill. Before bed nets were made available, it was three or more times that. Nets are a proven intervention – a more effective a way of saving lives than any other. There is still a long way to go and every death from malaria is preventable.
- 70% of the deaths are children under 5
- Malaria is the world’s single largest killer of pregnant women
- 90% of the deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa
Yet malaria is totally preventable and treatable. Nobody need die. Prevention is better than treatment.
- The most effective means of prevention is sleeping under a mosquito net
- Specifically a Long-Lasting Insecticide treated Net (LLIN)
- Each net costs $2.00/€1,70/£1.50
- Every 50-250 nets distributed and installed equals 1 life saved
The most effective means of preventing malaria is sleeping under a mosquito net, specifically a long-lasting insecticide treated net (LLIN).
Malaria is transmitted by certain mosquitoes when they bite. These mosquitoes bite people to get a blood meal. The malaria parasite then passes from the infected mosquito to the person being bitten. They typically bite between 10 o’clock at night and two in the morning – and that’s one of the most important things we have on our side: if we can protect people in affected areas when they sleep at night we have a very good chance of preventing them contracting malaria.
A net acts in two ways:
- First, as a simple mechanical barrier that stops the mosquito getting to a person.
- Second, as a mechanism for killing the mosquito. When a mosquito lands on a net it picks up insecticide on its legs. That causes ‘knock down’ – the mosquito is killed.
The nets remain effective even when they have holes and tears in them – as happens in the environments in which they are used and over time. The mosquitoes do not do an aerobatic man oeuvre and fly straight through a hole that might be there but land on the net and migrate towards a hole. That allows knock down to occur and means the nets, even with holes, stay 99% effective.
Each net costs about $2.00, lasts for 3 to 4 years, and protects on average two people.
The statistics are well known given the scale of the problem. Every ~600 nets we put over heads and beds, one child doesn’t die and 500 to 1,000 cases of malaria are prevented.
Every single net matters
Every $2 donation matters because each $2 buys a net that protects two people when they sleep at night from the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes that would otherwise cause severe illness, or worse.
And every $2 is put to work straight away. This is because the funds requested of us for approved net distribution programmes is greater than the funding we have available so we are always able to fund more nets to close the gap.