Small Solutions Make a Big Difference: “Nets for Life” Saves Children from Malaria

There are many different kinds of nets….think fishing nets, hair nets, basketball hoop nets and the New York Nets but none can compare to the program “Nets for Life.” This program is a partnership for Malaria prevention in Africa and the nets that are donated literally save lives. In fact, one net can save three lives which is huge because one child dies from malaria every minute (yes, every minute) in Africa.

One life-saving, insecticide-treated net can save three people in Africa from needless suffering and certain death. The cost is low, but this simple long-lasting device, combined with training on how to use it effectively, may be the single greatest lifesaver in sub-Saharan Africa.

NetsforLife@ brings together corporations, foundations, faith-based organizations and private donors in a collaborative initiative focused on eliminating malaria. Working with trusted partners the organization educates entire communities, eliminating malaria and saving people from a preventable death. Malaria is known as a “quiet killer” because it is caused by a parasite transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito that is found primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.

Each DAY nearly 2,000 children under five years of age die from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa and nearly one million people die from it each year. Not surprisingly there are 250 million cases of malaria each year. However, there is a simple defense for this enormous and tragic problem. NetsforlLife@ is working to eliminate malaria. The organization’s objective is to distribute one million nets per year for the next five years, across 18 countries in sub-Saharran Africa.

For information on how to support this cause visit and to purchase life-saving nets. The “Nets for Life” program is supported by the Episcopal Church. If you cannot afford to purchase one to donate then go together with a friend or family member to purchase one. Your soul and the knowledge that you are doing something to help people you’ve never met, or are not likely to, will rejoice at your kind heart.

For more information log onto: to learn more about the crisis facing children and families in sub-Saharan Africa.


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