Together we can take the sting out of mosquito bites.
In 2001 Ker & Downey's President David Marek heard the call to help take care of the people in some of Africa's most impoverished rural communities. From that call, Nets for Africa was born. Through annual mission trips Ker & Downey helps to provide thousands of blood tests, doctor visits, dental treatment, life-threatening surgeries and distribute supplies, including thousands of insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
Malaria kills more than one million people each year, with 90% of those deaths occurring in sub-saharan Africa. Pregnant women and children are the main victims as they are unable to fight off the intense symptoms that come from this mosquito-born illness. Insecticide-treated nets are a practical way to protect from malaria. They last up to three years and can cover up to four children. Sleeping under a treated net is important as the parasites found in mosquitoes that cause malaria are active from dusk to dawn.
These nets are life-saving.
To date, Ker & Downey has handed out more than 90,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to impoverished communities in Uganda and Kenya. You can read more about what Ker & Downey is doing through Nets for Africa on Ker & Downey's blog or donate to the cause here.