How You’re Putting Malaria in the Past

09/23/13

The memory of Jacklyne’s last bout with malaria still rests in the back of her mind. But thankfully, that’s all malaria is for her now—a memory. “Since last year, when I got my mosquito net, I’ve never gotten sick from malaria,” she says with a smile. 

 
The health of Jacklyne’s entire family has turned around since last year, when generous people like you provided mosquito nets for them and others in the Malawian village of Chirombo. “Before we got mosquito nets, we had a lot of bites,” says Jacklyne’s mother, Liveness. “They left spots on our skin, so our whole bodies were spotted. And also the children were getting sick from malaria.” 
 
“Since I got my mosquito net, I’ve never gotten sick from malaria."
          “Since last year, when I got my mosquito net, I’ve never gotten sick from malaria,” Jacklyne says.
 
“There’s no nearby clinic in this village,” says Steven Chisale, COTN’s Chirombo Village Partnership Program Coordinator. “When the children got sick, they had to travel long distances to get help.” Often they had to travel those distances—over several miles of bumpy dirt roads—on bicycles, Steven explains.
 
But all of that is now in the past. Now all seven members of Jacklyne’s family sleep under the mosquito nets partners like you provided. They’ve also been instructed on proper use and care of the nets by Steven and other members of COTN’s Malawi staff. Now, Liveness says, the family has no fear of bugs biting them during the night and infecting them with malaria. “Now we can sleep,” she says. 
 
Jacklyne’s younger siblings are in better health now that they sleep under nets
Jacklyne’s younger siblings are in better health now that they sleep under mosquito nets which protect them from malaria.
 
Better sleep and better health have meant Jacklyne and her younger siblings can focus on something besides being sick in the hospital. “Now they’re spending more time in school,” Liveness says. Jacklyne can now stay caught up on all her school work, which is important for a girl who looks forward to starting secondary school soon. 
 
Jacklyne says that, thanks to her mosquito net, "there's a big change" in her
 
A mosquito is such a tiny creature. But, as Jacklyne and her family can attest, just one of them can have devastating effects on a human life. In the same way, a net is a small resource, but having one can mean the world to a child like Jacklyne. As she says when comparing her life before owning a net to her life today, “there’s a big change.” 
 
Give a net, save a life! $25 provides two children with mosquito nets.