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We're winning the fight to defeat malaria.

Together with malaria partners, organizations, and advocates around the world, our work is making an impact. In the last decade, malaria deaths worldwide have declined by more than half. Nearly 90 percent of people with access to a bed net use it. And an estimated 6.8 million lives have been saved from malaria since 2000. Meet the families you help to sleep safely at night. Read their stories, and learn how your support saves lives.

From South Sudan

Meet Achol

Achol is a refugee from South Sudan and a mother of four. She fled her home the night her husband was killed. She traveled on foot for seven days over difficult terrain with her youngest in her arms to reach Kakuma refugee camp.

At one point along the way she was separated from her eldest daughter and has not seen her since. She worries about her son and two remaining daughters as many children in the camp have had malaria and some have even died.

Despite her exhaustion, she is among the first to line up the morning that insecticide-treated bed nets, provided by Nothing But Nets supporters, are being given out to refugee families.

She smiles big when she receives the bed nets that will protect her little ones from this deadly disease. Though many challenges remain ahead, that night Achol slept peacefully for the first time in many weeks, as she knows malaria-carrying mosquitoes will no longer touch her family.

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From Tanzania

Meet Pamela

Pamela’s two children and husband are her world. Her family lives in Marangu, Tanzania, at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

For years, Pamela feared that malaria might take her life—or her son’s. She had every right to worry: malaria, spread by a single mosquito bite, kills more than 1,400 children every day. She rushed her son Elihuruma, 6, to the hospital many times when he was weak from fevers caused by malaria.

When she was pregnant with Mary, a health worker gave her an insecticide-treated bed net like those provided by Nothing But Nets supporters. The volunteer patiently showed Pamela how to tuck the net under the mattress. She learned these simple nets could protect her family from malaria.

Now Pamela, her husband and children sleep beneath nets protected from deadly malaria. 18-month-old Mary happily toddles around. Elihuruma sings in the children’s choir and doesn’t miss a day of school. And Pamela is strong enough to tend her chickens and goats. A simple net changed this family’s future.

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From Central African Republic

Meet Edouard

Edouard is a husband, father of four, and a refugee from the Central African Republic living in Dosseye refugee camp in Chad.

Now 59, Edouard has endured 200 bouts of malaria—and its backaches, headaches, and dangerous fevers. He considers himself lucky to be alive. But he can’t bear to see his children battle this disease. His voice wavers as he recalls rushing his little daughter to the hospital with severe malaria, terrified she would die. Malaria is a leading cause of death for children in refugee camps across Africa.

“Malaria also prevents my kids from attending school regularly and improving their skills,” he explains. “Malaria makes us poorer because when I have malaria, I cannot go to work.”

But a simple insecticide-treated bed net provided by Nothing But Nets supporters protects Edouard’s family and other refugee families from getting malaria while they sleep.

“When we use nets, we don’t get bitten by mosquitoes,” he says. “After the net distribution here, there was a change, we noticed a drop in malaria. I’m so glad I received a net.”

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From Uganda

Meet Twizere

Twizere is 22 years old and a mother of two young children – a four-year-old son and her six-month-old daughter. In 2006, Twizere fled the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her parents and arrived at Nakivale.

“We heard gun shots and knew we were too close,” she says. Here at Nakivale, Twizere has found peace and stability. She’s incredibly happy – she met her husband here, who is also Congolese, and they were married. He is a crop farmer, raising mostly maize and beans.

But they still face one consistent threat – malaria. She and her children get malaria about three times a month. They sleep under a bed net every night, but when night falls, the mosquitoes come into her home through the open door and windows before they’ve all gone to bed.

Malaria takes a heavy toll on her – when she’s sick, she cannot care for her children. Her husband helps to cook and care for them when she’s ill, but this means he cannot work.

She smiles as she talks about the joy it brings her to be a mother and hopes to have many more children. She’s incredible grateful for her baby girl, and wants her to stay healthy.

“My baby is a miracle,” she says.

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