Every year, 400 million people in Africa fall ill from malaria, while half a million die. Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes, and the most likely time for them to bite is during the night. Thus, sleeping under an insecticide-treated mosquito net is the most effective way to prevent malaria.
Allthough most households in Tanzania have at least one mosquito net, the latest household surveys showed that only 52% had enough nets for everyone in the household, and that 30% of children were not sleeping under a mosquito net.
Our partners in Arusha advise us about the needs of local orphanages for mosquito nets, so that we can ensure that as many children as possible are protected from malaria as they sleep.