On World Malaria Day, we urge you to think about how the simple act of sleeping under a bed net can reduce the rate of malaria infection by 20%, according to UNICEF. A mosquito bite is now the world’s third biggest killer of children. You read that right: a bug bite is one of the top three causes of death for children under the age of five. In fact, malaria kills a child every two minutes. The good news is that many of these deaths are preventable with the use of treated bed nets. But the costs of not preventing malaria – to individuals, families, communities, nations – are enormous.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2015 an estimated 212 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 429,000 people died, mostly children in the African region.
Malaria typically occurs in poorer tropical and subtropical areas of the world. In many of the countries affected by malaria, it is a leading cause of illness and death. In areas with high transmission, the most vulnerable groups are young children, who have not developed immunity to malaria yet, and pregnant women, whose immunity has been decreased by pregnancy.
In our years in international aid and development some of our beneficiaries and colleagues have suffered horrible, recurring bouts of malaria and we’ve lost a few to the illness. This. Is. Personal. Malaria isn’t something to mess around with and luckily there is a solution to prevent it.
The scale-up of effective, safe, and proven prevention and control interventions has shown that the impact of malaria on residents of malaria-endemic countries can be dramatically reduced. Check out Real Relief nets on TLM here. Most bed nets run from $1 to $3 each. They ship in volume from India and China and are approved by the World Health Organization Pesticides Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES) (Note: insecticide-treated nets (ITN) are not for use in the US.)
Treated nets are the big guns in the fight against malaria. The good news is that treated bed nets are easily available for purchase.
Long lasting insecticidal incorporated mosquito Nets (LLIN) by DuraNet® are made of polyethylene, making them much stronger than polyester or cloth nets. In addition, the insecticide is incorporated into the fiber and is control-released over time. These LLINs will maintain their effectiveness for a lifetime of up to 5 years, which is proving to be almost twice as long as the lifespan of all polyester nets on the market. Just the right amount of insecticide migrates to the surface over their entire lifespan and eliminates the need for re-treatment. This is important because people will not have to handle the insecticide used in typical re-treatment or worry about its disposal.
Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you already know that malaria is a killer. But what you probably didn’t know is how easily LLIN bed nets can be purchased on The Level Market. Adding treated bed nets to your humanitarian supply list or your next development project can help save the lives of millions. This World Malaria Day, the United Nations has called for accelerated, scaled up efforts to prevent this public health threat. Now, you can be part of the solution.
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