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Photograph by John Stanmeyer
How to Help
July 2007
Malaria: How to Help

Insecticide-treated bed nets may be low-tech, but they are a highly effective way to prevent the spread of malaria. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, widespread use of treated bed nets has been shown to reduce transmission of the disease by about 90 percent. But the nets—which cost several dollars each—may be difficult to come by or too costly for those who need them most. Reapplication of pyrethroid insecticide at the recommended intervals of 6 to 12 months can also pose problems with older nets.

The following groups help make treated nets available in high-risk areas and educate people about their proper use:

Against Malaria
Track the progress of donated bed nets, from their manufacture to their delivery to communities in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation
This foundation helps CDC scientists distribute bed nets and address other health needs for people in sub-Saharan African countries.

Population Services International (PSI)
PSI annually delivers millions of nets, insecticide kits, and malarial treatments to more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. The nonprofit is one of the largest distributors of insecticide-treated nets in the world.

Malaria No More
This organization supports net distribution, education, mosquito spraying, and antimalarial drugs in Africa.

Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets, affiliated with the UN Foundation, cooperates with the Measles Initiative to get nets where they're needed. The Measles Initiative distributed almost 20 million nets in ten African countries during 2006.