There were an estimated 198 million cases of malaria in 2013, resulting in about 584,000 deaths. The majority of these deaths were children younger than five years old. A child dies from malaria every minute in Africa.
NetsforLife® is a partnership of corporations, foundations, nongovernmental groups, and faith-based organizations working to fight malaria. The program partnership includes ExxonMobil, Standard Chartered Bank, the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, Starr International Foundation, the J.C. Flowers Foundation and Episcopal Relief & Development.
NetsforLife® trains community volunteers as Malaria Control Agents who combat malaria by delivering life-saving nets, educating community members about proper net use and maintenance, and providing ongoing monitoring and evaluation of net use. Groups of these community volunteers are also equipped with additional training and supplies that allow them to provide front-line care for malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia, and refer severe cases to health facilities. With ongoing support and partnerships, NetsforLife® is looking for more integrated methods to holistically address maternal, newborn and child health.
Launched in 2006, the program has been present in 17 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Five of these countries – Angola, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Zambia – have adopted aspects of NetsforLife®’s methodology as part of their national malaria policy, and many more have solicited the program’s input in countrywide strategic planning.
Since 2006, NetsforLife® has distributed almost 22 million nets as part of its campaign to fight malaria resulting in less sickness, fewer deaths and stronger communities. Combined with the community education and net monitoring work of nearly 111,000 trained Malaria Control Agents, these nets have saved the lives of an estimated 112,235 children under five and reduced the number of malaria cases by up to 45% in communities where NetsforLife® is active.
Frequently Asked Questions about NetsforLife® and Malaria
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Program Page: https://www.episcopalrelief.org/malaria