BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE
MOSQUITO NETS FIGHT MALARIA IN AFRICA
Against Malaria Foundation & Nothing But Nets
Monte W. Holland & Carolyn C. Holland
Two thousand mosquito nets were distributed to families in a community near Kampapa, Uganda, by the Reverend Renee Waun, who visited there in February, 2009. Waun purchased twelve hundred nets using a collection of $6000. Each net can be placed over a bed to keep malaria-carrying mosquitoes from biting during sleeping hours.
Waun, the pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ligonier Valley and of Suburban Unitarian Universalist Church in Murrysville, is in partnership with the Against Malaria Foundation (http://www.againstmalaria.com), a charity initiated in August 2004 in the United Kingdom. It is now registered in that country, the United States, Australia and other countries.
They Foundation uses 100% of its donations to purchase long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for distribution in countries where people, mainly children, are in danger from biting insects when they sleep at night. The nets cost $5.00 each.
Although the Foundation uses each $5.00 donation to purchase the nets, having no overhead for advertising, etc., it has hidden costs that must be borne in other ways. They clearly have to find agencies to do the distribution the nets, which costs an additional $5.00. (See comment below for clarification of this point.)
A number of fundraising partnerships were developed by the Foundation to distribute the nets. Many groups raise funds to purchase the nets, some of which also raise the additional monies required for distribution.
Waun not only distributed the nets which she purchased with the money she collected, she distributed an additional eight hundred nets supplied by the Foundation, purchased by others, in exchange for pictures and video film.
Upon her arrival in Uganda, Waun was greeted by a parade, complete with a band, put on by the local school with the help of the headmaster. Participants invited area residents to come and sign up to receive mosquito nets.
Waun was instrumental in starting the private school, which is operated by a very talented Ugandan. It has grown to teach about four hundred students, about half from the local area and others who board at the school.
The website claims that as of January, 2010, about 103,900 nets have been distributed in Uganda, and that one life is saved for every twenty nets distributed. That translates to over five thousand lives in Uganda. Another way to look at it: one Ugandan life can be saved with each $100, which purchases 20 nets.
Nothing But Nets, a global grassroots campaign to raise and combat malaria, has gained popularity in the United States. This campaign began on May 1, 2006, when Rick Reilly, a sportswriter with a backpage column in Sports Illustrated, in which he wrote Nothing But Nets:
I’ve never asked for anything before, right? Well, sorry, I’m asking now.
We need nets. Not hoop nets, soccer nets or lacrosse nets. Not New Jersey Nets or dot-nets or clarinets. Mosquito nets.
See, nearly 3,000 kids die every day in Africa from malaria. And according to the World Health Organization, transmission of the disease would be reduced by 60% with the use of mosquito nets and prompt treatment for the infected.
Three thousand kids! That’s a 9/11 every day!
Put it this way: Let’s say your…( To continue reading this column click on: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/rick_reilly/04/25/reilly0501/ )
The Nothing But Nets in the United States donates a net for every $10.00 donation, which includes the net, its distribution and heavy promotion through the sponsoring agencies.
Providing nets to children and adults in mosquito-ridden areas, an aid to preventing malaria, is an easy project for individuals, groups and communities. In fact, this post’s authors challenge you to donate for the provision of long lasting insecticidal nets that protect children from mosquitoes that cause malaria by April 15, World Malaria Day. How much can you collect? Keep us informed in the comment box below.
Interested persons can contact the sponsoring agencies by clicking on the links to the Nothing But Nets Founding Partners: United Nations Foundation , The People of the United Methodist Church , Sports Illustrated and NBA Cares
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