You can donate to Children Incorporated to help provide mosquito nets that prevent malaria and other insect-borne diseases in children. In Kenya, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, and India, children need mosquito nets to protect them from mosquito-borne illnesses like malaria and dengue, so that they’ll be healthy enough to attend school.
Research has shown mosquito nets to be an extremely effective method of malaria prevention, averting approximately 663 million cases of malaria between the years 2000 and 2015.
Each year, we purchase thousands of nets that we distribute to children and their families, thanks to donations to our Mosquito Net Fund.
WHAT IS A MOSQUITO NET?
A mosquito net is a mesh curtain that is draped over a bed or a sleeping area to offer protection against bites and stings from mosquitos, flies, and other pest insects and the diseases they carry. Examples of such preventable insect-borne diseases include malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, Zika virus and West Nile virus. Research has shown mosquito nets to be an extremely effective method of malaria prevention, averting approximately 663 million cases of malaria between the years 2000 and 2015.
To be effective, the mesh of the mosquito’s net must be fine enough to prevent insects from entering while still allowing visibility and ventilation. Mosquito netting can be hung over beds from the ceiling or a frame, built into tents, or installed in windows and doors. When hung over beds, however, rectangular nets provide more room for sleeping without the danger of the netting contacting skin, allowing mosquitoes to bite through the netting.
To further protect against mosquito bites, many nets, including those that Children Incorporated provides to children in our program, are pretreated with an appropriate insecticide or insect repellent. Insecticide-treated mosquito nets have been proven to reduce illness, severe complications, and death due to malaria.
FACTS ABOUT MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES
– Malaria infects around 250 million people worldwide each year – most of whom are children in Africa.
– Malaria and dengue can result in death unless detected and treated promptly.
– The most effective means of preventing malaria is to sleep under a mosquito net.
HOW CAN I DONATE TO THE MOSQUITO NET FUND?
You can contribute to our Mosquito Net Fund in one of three ways: call our office at 1-800-538-5381 and speak with one of our staff members; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; or go online to our donation portal, create an account, and donate to our Mosquito Net Fund.