Best Friends Forever with Help from a Net

Two boys in Ethiopia protected from malaria by a bed net

Kebede and Alem are best friends.  Their families live on the same street in Kombucha, Ethiopia.

Their passion is soccer.  They talk all the time about the big matches they might play together some day.  And their game keeps getting better now that they have insecticide-treated bed nets.

Even the children who survive a bout of malaria are often weaker and less healthy.  But now that Kebede and Alem are protected by their nets they get good sleep, are healthier, and have lots more energy for soccer.  They also have the chance for a lifetime of friendship because of a simple net.

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Photo: (c) M. Hallahan/Sumitomo Chemical-Olyset Net

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