Saving Lives with Nothing But Nets

With even a small amount, one can donate to an organization dedicated to reducing sickness and death for millions around the world. Nothing But Nets is committed to the principle that one can “Send a Net, and Save a Life,” and help spare people from the illness and death that malaria inflicts in Africa.

Malaria kills more than one million people a year, and causes hundreds of millions of others to become sick. In Africa, a child dies from malaria every fifteen seconds. Here’s a description of what Nothing But Nets does:

In the poorest parts of the world, window screens are lacking, anti-malarial drugs are expensive, and so far an effective malaria vaccine does not exist. Insecticide-treated bed nets in these areas are arguably the most cost-effective way to prevent malaria transmission.

Bed nets use a simple but effective prevention approach: eliminate contact with mosquitoes, eliminate malaria.

The entire process of purchasing and distributing insecticide-treated bed nets to the most vulnerable people, as well as providing education and follow-up surveying on their use, is accomplished for just $10 per bed net.

Although $10 for a bed net may not sound like much, the cost makes them out of reach for most people at risk of malaria in Africa, where many people survive on less than $1 per day.

Why not visit the organization’s website, and see what they’re doing? They have information about their efforts, sponsors, and future plans. If what they’re doing seems compelling to you, you’ll find a link through which you can request even more information, or make a donation.

Here’s a banner from a recent campaign:

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