Madagascar

Larissa smiles because she knows she and her brother will be safe at night
Even Young Children Know How Important Nets Are
Larissa smiles because she knows she and her brother will be safe at night

You could not hope for a better big sister than Larissa Andriatsiferanarivo from Betafo, Madagascar.  She walked 5km, over 3 miles, carrying her little brother on her back when she heard that bed nets were going to be distributed in a neighboring town.

Larissa, like so many children across Madagascar, knows what it is like to suffer from malaria.  She knows the terrible headache and high fever this terrible disease brings.  She has seen the worry in her mother's eyes when someone gets sick because so many people die from malaria each year, especially young children.

But Larissa also knows how to prevent this deadly disease.  All it takes is a simple, insecticide-treated bed net. 

This is why she is happy to walk many miles if it means her and her brother will no longer have to worry about malaria as they safely fall asleep under their bed net each night.

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Life-Saving Nets in Madagascar

Population at risk for malaria: 22,290,000

Malaria cases in 2012: 359,420

Malaria deaths in 2012: 552

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Nothing But Nets in Madagascar

Malaria is a major public health problem in Madagascar, as around 92 percent of the population lives in malaria endemic zones. Malaria is among the leading causes of mortality among children under five.  Political and administrative bottlenecks have hindered the country from continuing what had been extraordinary progress in terms of health indicators, and have unfortunately also led to a lethal malaria epidemic.  Since November 2011, there has been a massive rise in malaria cases along the Eastern coast of the country.

The Ministry of Health declared a malaria epidemic in May 2012 and, with support from development partners, put in place response mechanisms such as increasing timely diagnosis and adequate treatment of the confirmed cases, malaria prevention with long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) and Indoor Residual Spray (IRS), and improving behavior change and social mobilization through effective messaging and strengthening surveillance systems.  The epidemic has touched all ages but malaria is particularly lethal among children under five years of and pregnant women.

In 2014 a nationwide bed net distribution will conclude in Madagascar.  Funding from Nothing But Nets helped send 150,000 nets specifically to the district of Moramanga where they were distributed to 74,367 households. These nets will ensure protection against malaria for over 328,000 people.  Other major funders of Madagascar's universal coverage campaign included the Global Fund and the President's Malaria Initiative.

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