Malaria is a potentially life-threatening disease that occurs in nearly 100 countries worldwide. Spread by mosquito bites, malaria impacts the lives of millions of people, particularly pregnant women and children, and imposes a heavy social and economic burden in developing countries. As there is not yet a vaccine, preventing infections—such as by using bed nets—and ensuring early treatment are essential.
The Shefa Fund has supplied insecticide-treated bed nets, alongside education on prevention and treatment, to protect internally-displaced and refugee populations from malaria. In addition, the fund’s commitment to malaria prevention was leveraged by Nothing But Nets, a grantee partner, to inspire 4,130 donors to give an additional $590,297 for malaria prevention.
women and infants protected with bed nets
individual donors inspired to give because of the Shefa Fund’s matching campaign
community mobilizers trained on malaria prevention techniques
The Shefa Fund’s $500,000 grant to Nothing But Nets provided 180,000 insecticide-treated bed nets, alongside education on prevention and treatment, to protect vulnerable populations in the Central African Republic. The nets were delivered to healthcare clinics across the country to distribute to pregnant women and mothers during regular wellness check-ins.
Nothing But Nets is a grassroots campaign that advocates for malaria prevention through the distribution of mosquito bed nets to vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa.
1 Banner, 2 Combating Malaria, 3 Granting | Photo Credit Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation