As is very well documented malaria is a major issue in Africa and claims many lives. We will be partnering with other humanitarian organization which is an exciting initiative providing protective nets for beds with lights and fans to encourage malaria prevention.
Umehrelieve – Malaria Prevention Project outfits malaria nets with solar-powered fans and light to make the usage of nets both more comfortable (with the fan) and appealing (many regions plagued by malaria do not have electricity so the light is an additional benefit.
Our malaria prevention is to use a system where we can increases bed net use which will have the potential to make a big difference in the fight against malaria in Republic of Benin.
Malaria is a common and devastating problem in many parts of the world, especially in Africa. For instance In Ghana, a country that has the same population as Texas, nearly 20,000 children die each year from malaria. Ghana is just one of many countries where malaria is endemic and many lives are unnecessarily lost to this preventable disease. Despite many advances, malaria is a problem that just won’t go away. But there’s hope.
Umehrelieve focuses on the use of mosquito nets, which are a proven and cost effective malaria prevention tool. There are a lot of nets out there, and countries where malaria is widespread have achieved country-wide or “universal” bed net coverage. In Ghana, where it is common for up to four people sleep in one bed, more than 12 million bed nets have been distributed.
While universal bed net coverage is a great goal to achieve, on average only 50 percent of bed nets are actually used. This greatly reduces the effectiveness of the nets for preventing and eradicating malaria. What our research shows is that one of the main reasons people don’t use their bed nets is because the nets are way too hot and stuffy to sleep under. The issue is that mosquito bed nets act like a screen and, like the screens on your windows, air cannot fully circulate in and out of the nets.
The goal of the Umehrelieve is to help solve the problem of air circulation preventing people from using bed nets. Our team developed a fan and a light which are placed inside mosquito nets. Having air circulation and light inside the nets increases comfort and quality of life to the point that people use the nets more. And, if people are using it, in the case of our project, the rates of malaria go down and lives are saved.