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Mar 08, 2011

Diocese Partners with NetsforLife Inspiration Fund

The Diocese of Texas has partnered with NetsforLife® and Episcopal Relief and Development to distribute insecticide-treated nets in remote regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Our goal is to have each family in the diocese donate at least one net in 2011. One $12 treated net can last up to five years and saves three lives.

Every day in Malawi, more than 110 people die of malaria - nearly half of them under the age of 18. Throughout Africa, 3,000 children die each day from this disease. Malaria is still Africa's biggest killer of children. Almost 50 percent of deaths among children under the age of 5 are attributable to malaria and every year 300-500 million people are infected with this deadly yet preventable disease. 

Even when the illness is not fatal, it has serious socio-economic implications.  Frequent bouts with malaria mean that families have little time to tend the food needed to raise strong, healthy children. 

The most effective way to prevent malaria is through the distribution of mosquito nets. Since 2002, more than 4 million insecticide-treated nets have been distributed in Malawi where the Diocese of Texas has a partnership relationship with the Diocese of Southern Malawi.

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Episcopal Relief & Development's NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund is a three-year, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and support for the NetsforLife® program partnership, which distributes insecticide-treated nets and provides malaria prevention and other health education in 17 sub-Saharan countries.  The NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund website has resources for congregations and dioceses to start their own local campaigns, and staff provide support and tools to help organizers succeed.

To receive the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund newsletter, email Chad Brinkman or sign up at the top right of their homepage.