Target: Senator Jeff Flake, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
Goal: Prevent malaria-related deaths by funding an organization that provides mosquito nets to vulnerable populations.
Malaria, a deadly disease that is spread by mosquitoes, is common in Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500,000 people died from this parasite-driven disease in 2013 and, despite access to treatments and prevention, the disease remains strong. Not only is this a cause for concern medically, it also contributes to the growing problem of poverty in Africa. The cost of tending to this illness and its victims, in Africa alone, adds up to $12 billion per year. With the African economy already fragile, the fight against malaria is more important than ever. However, a grassroots movement is combating malaria simply by giving away mosquito nets. Take action now to demand more funding for this incredible organization.
The grassroots organization, known as Nothing But Nets, works with communities in Sub-Saharan Africa to prevent further transmission of malaria. To do this, they provide insecticide-treated bed nets to keep families safe from insect bites at night, which is when bites are most prevalent. Nothing by Nets helps the most vulnerable populations such as refugees, internally displaced people, and other overlooked demographics. Thanks to the United Nations (UN), distribution teams, local governments, and healthcare workers, the nets make their way from the U.S. to a needy family in Africa. There are also community workers in place to follow up on the nets and ensure that they are effective.
Thanks to the CDC, the UN, and grassroots programs such as Nothing But Nets, progress is being made. Since the implementation of these programs, 3.3 million lives have been saved on a global scale. In Africa alone, the death rates were cut in half. However, the Nothing But Nets program needs help. The funding for malaria treatment and prevention must be increased. By signing below, you are requesting that Congress take a step forward in the eradication of malaria and increase funding to Nothing But Nets.
Dear Senator Flake,
Every year, 219 million African people are infected with malaria. Even with treatments and cures available, 600,000 of those infected, many of them children, still die. While there are many charitable organizations as well as the CDC who are working to eradicate this illness in Africa, there is one grassroots organization that stands out in preventing transmission of this disease and that organization is Nothing But Nets.
Nothing But Nets works with communities in Sub-Saharan Africa to provide insecticide-treated bed nets to keep families safe from insect bites at night, which is when bites are the most prevalent. This organization helps the most vulnerable populations, such as refugees, internally displaced people, and other overlooked demographics. We demand that this organization receive more funding from Congress so that it may continue to save lives and prevent the spread of this very contagious and deadly disease in Africa. Please take action to prevent the spread of this devastating disease.
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