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Anti-malaria bed nets 101: What are they and who needs them?

Here at Plan, we take our fight against malaria seriously. That’s because malaria kills close to 600,000 people every year. For that reason, we understand the power of anti-malaria bed nets. But do you?

Thousands of lives could be saved every year if all children under the age of 5 in Africa slept under an anti-malaria bed net. It’s that simple. Watch as our ambassador, Rick Mercer explains why bed nets are so important:

Why bed nets matter and what they do

Before distribution, bed nets are treated with a long-lasting anti-malaria insecticide which helps repel and kill mosquitoes that come in contact with the bed net. Bed nets are also one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to prevent the transmission of malaria and save lives.

That’s why Plan is working so hard to distribute anti-malaria bed nets to at-risk communities across Africa. Once these bed nets are distributed, families learn how to hang and install the nets to keep them protected while they sleep.

Spotlight on Liberia: combating malaria with bed nets

The entire population of Liberia is at risk of contracting malaria. That’s 3.5 million people, with children under the age of 5 and pregnant women most vulnerable to this deadly killer.

In collaboration with The Global Fund, the Liberian government and other NGOs, Plan has distributed close to 1 million long-lasting insecticidal bed nets in 3,400 communities across Liberia. These bed nets will benefit 2 million people for up to 3 years.

It takes a village to fight malaria…

Along with the bed nets, Plan trained over 4,000 community health volunteers to help educate families on the importance of malaria prevention, and to counsel pregnant and lactating women on special treatments available to them. On top of that, community campaigns to raise awareness on bed nets are broadcast on local radio stations.

Over the next 2 years, Plan will distribute an additional 2.4 million bed nets across Liberia. The end goal: to stop malaria in its tracks.

Bed nets save lives. You can too!