Every day, people in developing countries die from malnutrition, diarrhea, and malaria. These deaths are completely preventable. Thousands of children who needlessly suffer could be saved by affordable treatments – including vaccinations, clean water, antibiotics, and nutritious food.
The vicious cycle of poverty is perpetuated by the high costs and lack of access to healthcare and medicine. Oftentimes, people who live in remote areas do not have the ability to travel for medical treatment or simply cannot afford it in the first place.
Refuge helps rural communities implement localized initiatives that promote health, prevent disease, and greatly improve wellbeing.
of all deaths of children 5 and under are related to undernutrition
people worldwide live in extreme poverty (less than $1.90 per day)
Cases of malaria led to 409,000 deaths in 2019
Mosquito nets or insecticide-treated nets (ITN) are one of the most effective ways to prevent malaria. Since 2001, the increase of ITN usage has saved an estimated 6.2 million lives. The nets not only provide a physical barrier between people and the malaria-carrying mosquitoes, but also repels and kills mosquitoes. When an entire community uses these nets, the overall mosquito population and their lifespan is reduced, resulting in the decrease of malaria.
Refuge has begun a pilot program to distribute mosquito nets in Namirembe village. We hope to expand this project to more communities and reduce the prevalence of malaria in Uganda. To do this, we need your help to bring more nets to more villages to save more lives. When an entire community uses these nets, the overall mosquito population and their lifespan is reduced, resulting in the decrease of malaria.