Supporting malaria prevention

Supporting malaria preventionA leading cause of death in children under five, Malaria remains a major health issue in Africa.

Success in reducing the disease

NetsforLife, an initiative we support, has reduced the rate of the disease by 45 per cent in more than 5,000 communities across 17 sub-Saharan African countries.

The initiative has trained nearly 74,000 community volunteers to distribute nets and teach people how to prevent malaria, since it started in 2006.

As a result, more than 8.5 million malaria nets have been delivered to communities where malaria is prevalent and 25 million people have been educated about the mosquito borne disease. Through its network of local churches, faith-based groups and NGOs, NetsforLife can access remote communities typically unreached by national health programmes.

Educating people about the disease

NetsforLife is also seeing the benefits of community education which is leading to positive behavioural change around the use of life-saving malaria nets.

According to the initiative:

  • more than 85 per cent of households in the communities where it operates now own at least two mosquito nets, compared to around six per cent of households in 2006
  • nine out of 10 people are aware that malaria is caused by a bite from an infected mosquito compared to four out of 10 people in 2006.

Through the joint efforts of governments, health organisations and Non Governmental Organisations like NetsforLife, there has been an overall reduction of global malaria-related deaths by one third in the last decade, largely as a result of the distribution of nets and raising awareness of malaria prevention.

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