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, Ker & Downey 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 Ker & Downey for Africa on Ker & Downey's blog or donate to the cause here.