Just totaled our collection for Nickels for Nets from Noisy Collection and VBS. Our kiddos collected $716.62! That’s almost 90 nets!
Here are some frequently asked questions so you can become more informed and help Sweet Sleep combat this disease.

FACTS
• A child dies from malaria every 30 seconds. That’s 2,800 children per day.
• Malaria is very preventable. And very inexpensive to prevent. The mosquito nets
Sweet Sleep provides are just $8 each… eight dollars to save a child’s life.
• In Africa, according to the World Health Organization, one in every five childhood
deaths (20 percent) is due to malaria. A typical African child may experience one to five malaria related fevers a year.

WHAT IS MALARIA?
Malaria is an infection of the blood caused by mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasites. The infected mosquito bites a person and then transmits it to another person when they are bitten by the infected mosquito.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF MALARIA?
Malaria causes fevers and chills. It can be short-term or you can have chronic (long- term) malaria that can cause the spleen to enlarge and lead to anemia (low blood count). This is a particular problem with people with HIV. Cerebral malaria is very dangerous and has a high mortality rate if not treated promptly. Its symptoms are a lot like meningitis and can be associated with seizures as well.

HOW PREVENTABLE IS MALARIA?
Malaria is very preventable!

WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO PREVENT MALARIA?
The best way to prevent malaria is to not be bitten by mosquitoes. Spraying for mosquitoes, removing ponding water sources (where they like to breed), and using mosquito nets treated with an insecticide are the best ways to prevent malaria. Sweet Sleep provides these life-saving nets to children for only $8.

WHAT CAN PEOPLE IN AMERICA DO TO PREVENT MALARIA IN AFRICA?
People in America can contribute financially to organizations like Sweet Sleep that provide mosquito netting to areas where malaria is prevalent. They can also raise awareness of this potentially deadly but preventable illness by participating in World Malaria Day activities.

Written by Lauri Hubach