The sad truth is Dédé is a malaria veteran. She would typically suffer from malaria five times a year, stopping her from caring for her two children or working in the fields.
Two years ago, volunteers visited her rural community in Kozah, Togo to explain how mosquitoes spread malaria at night from family to family while everyone sleeps.
They explained how long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets like those provided by Nothing But Nets supporters could protect her family from this disease—which takes the life of a child every 60 seconds.
"These nets have changed our lives," Dédé explains. "For the first time, we are all sleeping through the night without being bitten by mosquitoes. Since we are using these nets, none of us get sick. My children no longer end up missing school because of malaria."
Too many mothers across Togo don't sleep as soundly as they should.
They hear the buzz of malaria-carrying mosquitoes and worry that tonight will be the night that a bite transmits this deadly disease to their child.
Malaria is a leading cause of death of children under five in Togo. Many more become gravely ill with this disease.
It keeps parents away from the fields or work for weeks sometimes and children miss many days of school each year.
But this is a disease that is preventable. All is takes is a simple insecticide-treated bed net to give a mother a peaceful night of sleep because she knows that her children are fully protected from deadly malaria.
Every sixty seconds a child dies from malaria in Togo. 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.