Malaria is a mosquito-borne illness that affects billions of people in warmer climates. This infectious disease spread by a single mosquito bite causes people to become very sick with high fever and flu-like symptoms that — if left untreated — can eventually lead to death.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s high temperatures and rainy season put people at risk for malaria year-round. Almost 90 percent of the world’s malaria deaths each year happen there. In fact, of the 30 of the 35 countries that account for the vast majority of malaria deaths are in Africa.
Medical treatment for malaria is expensive. Many African countries do not have the resources to help those infected. A bed net is a simple solution to protect people as they sleep at night, when mosquitoes spread the disease.
The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign works with partners on the ground in Africa to send bed nets and save lives. What can you do to help? Send a net and spread the buzz! Visit www.NothingButNets.net