The launch of this year's charity, NetsforLife®, took place at Kingarth Street and Beaton Road today. Nets for Life empowers communities to eliminate malaria in Africa by providing life-saving prevention training and long-lasting insecticide-treated nets.
We welcomed Senior Director, Shaun Walsh, of NetsforLife®, which is a programme of Episcopal Relief & Development, to explain more about the disease and how Nets for Life aims to prevent it spreading in Africa.
What is malaria? It is a disease spread by the bite of an infected female mosquito which then leaves a parasite in the body.
- 44% of the world's population is at risk of this deadly disease - that's 3 billion individuals.
- Half of all the countries in the world have malaria within their borders.
- In 2013, there were 198 million cases of malaria and just under 600,000 deaths. 82% were African.
- As it stands, 1500 children die a day from malaria. 10 years ago it was 3000, so progress is being made.
- On a brighter note, 112,235 individuals today are alive due to the Nets for Life prevention programme
NetsforLife® is fortunate to have major organisations which partner with them - such as Coca-Cola and Standard Chartered Bank. In April of each year, every country in sub-Saharan Africa celebrates and uses World Malaria Day as a way of keeping the spotlight on the disease. You can find out more about the work Nets for Life does by visiting its website.
To put into context what we can do to help: for every £7 raised, a child is protected from malaria for 3 years. For every £14 raised, a full family is protected for 3 years. Funds also go towards training community health workers to supply them with the knowledge of how to use the nets as a crucial prevention method.
As Hutchesons' traditionally does, it will fully get behind this charity and raise as much as possible to help save lives in Africa. If you have any fundraising ideas, please speak to your Form teacher or Mr McDougall.