Central African Republic
Every sixty seconds a child dies from malaria in the Central African Republic. This insidious disease takes the lives of thousands of babies and young children each year.
Yet, no child should ever die from malaria as it is a preventable disease.
All it takes to save a life is a simple insecticide-treated bed net.
"My family and I were regularly sick with malaria," explains Emmanuel, a father and husband from Beboy, Central African Republic.
"My five children suffered from it at least twice a month," he says, like all the kids in Emmanuel's community.
Malaria has cost the families in Beboy a lot. Children miss school. Parents cannot farm. Families go hungry. Income is lost. But bed nets offer hope.
Clarisse is a war widow raising her two daughters and six sons in Beboura, Central African Republic.
"Malaria has always been a great burden in my family because we did not have mosquito nets. We were always sick," she explains.
The rainy season brings swarms of malaria-carrying mosquitoes each night, so her two youngest sons got malaria again and again.
“I wasted money and time seeking care for my children,” she says. “I would regularly take them to the hospital.”
Then simple bed nets provided by Nothing But Nets supporters changed her family’s life. Now she doesn't have to worry about malaria striking her children, and can focus on farming to secure her family's future.
"I find the nets very useful,” Clarisse says. “Since my children sleep under them, they don't suffer as before.”