Today, is World Refugee Day. Our team is extremely proud to support malaria interventions for refugees and other forcibly displaced people through partners like the MENTOR Initiative, The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Thanks to our supporters like you, Nothing But Nets is able to help communities in times of crisis, ensuring that they are protected from malaria. Since 2006, we have provided nearly $13 million to support malaria prevention efforts among refugees and other forcibly displaced people.
Recently, we were honored to have Richard Allan, Director of the MENTOR Initiative visit our office in Washington, DC. The MENTOR Initiative has been a crucial partner with Nothing But Nets since 2008 and works to reduce malaria in areas of crisis and political instability. While many NGOs avoid conflict-affected areas, the MENTOR Initiative specializes in establishing community-based infrastructure for such regions to limit malaria transmission and decrease mortality.
Many of the Initiative’s 600-person staff live in displaced communities and refugee camps and must endure many of the same challenges as the people they serve. By maintaining a committed local staff, the MENTOR Initiative guarantees access to malaria prevention, diagnostic testing, and treatment within the community, reducing the time it takes for children with malaria to receive care.
Right now, the MENTOR Initiative is focusing its efforts with Nothing But Nets on conflict-affected areas in South Sudan and Central African Republic:
To learn more about Richard’s work and the MENTOR Initiative, you can visit their website. Today, on World Refugee Day, please help us support our efforts to help refugees and internally displaced people. Send a net. Save a life.