The most important type of cover is the one that save lives.
We promise that with every Folding Tent or Pavilion purchased by an in your corner customer, we will donate a long lasting insecticide-treated bed net to send to Africa through our charity partner, Nothing But Nets, to help stop the spread of malaria.
We were captivated by the work of Nothing But Nets. Every 60 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria. Since 2006 this organisation has distributed 7 million bed nets across 28 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to help families most in need. In areas with high use, bed nets can help reduce rates of malaria by 90%! We therefore decided to adopt Nothing But Nets as our Company charity – doing our small part to make the world a better place through the life-saving work they do.
Please feel free to read the following to learn more about malaria and the work of Nothing But Nets or if you would like to donate please click here
To us, we become aware of mosquitoes when sitting out on warm, balmy evenings, perhaps having enjoyed a barbecue, a glass of wine, soft tea lighting – and they are an unwelcome guest. Their irritating bites cause us to feel itchy. Within a couple of days, it has gone and we forget all about it.
To others in the world, particularly in Africa, mosquitoes are killers.
Malaria is a disease caused by the blood parasite Plasmodium, which is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito. Malaria causes 200 million illnesses per year. Even in relatively mild cases it can cause high fever, chills, severe flu-like symptoms, and anaemia, which can be especially dangerous for pregnant women. Children who survive severe malaria can suffer lifelong mental disabilities. And when left untreated, malaria kills. In 2010 over 650,000 people died from malaria with 90% of them being from Africa. Malaria is particularly devastating in Africa, where it is a leading killer of children. In fact, there are 6.8 new cases of malaria every second. Every 60 seconds, a child dies in Africa from a malaria infection.
Malaria’s economic impact is also devastating to the economy. In malaria endemic countries, treatment consumes nearly 40 percent of these countries’ public health resources. In addition to the burden on local healthcare systems, malaria illness and death costs Africa approximately $12 billion per year in lost productivity.
Bed nets work in two ways: they form a protective barrier against the deadly-malaria carrying mosquitoes that bite at night and spread the disease, and the insecticide on the net kills the mosquitoes when they land, preventing them from flying onto find their next victim. Two people can sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net, safe from malaria, for up to three years. And the benefits extend even further than protecting those sleeping underneath them. The insecticide woven into each net makes entire communities safer – killing and repelling mosquitoes so that they can’t go on to bite others who may not be protected by a net. Bed nets can reduce malaria transmissions by 90 percent in areas with high coverage rates.
The nets purchased and distributed by Nothing But Nets are long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets. They've been approved by the UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO) for safety, quality and efficacy. It only costs $10 to purchase a net, deliver it to a family, and provide education about its importance and use. Although $10 for a bed net may not sound like much, the cost makes them out of reach for many of those at risk of malaria in Africa, where many people survive on less than $1 per day. Nets are a simple, life-saving solution, but they are in need of your help because they cannot afford to purchase them themselves.
Nothing But Nets is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation. The UN Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organisation (EIN/tax ID number: 58-2368165). (UK donations are not tax-deductible).