Net Worth: Saving Lives in Africa

How simple plastic mosquito nets are saving lives in Africa.

mosquito net over bed
(Image credit: Peter Hince)

Floating in a sea of blue, textile workers in Arusha, Tanzania, inspect insecticide-treated malaria nets for holes before they're distributed throughout the country. In Rwanda and Ethiopia, which have already received about 7.5 million of the $5.50 plastic nets, the World Health Organization reports a 50 percent decline in deaths, especially among pregnant women and children, from a disease that, until recently, killed 900,000 Africans each year.

Do you want to help? Check out Nothing But Nets (opens in new tab). The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign is a global, grassroots effort to save lives by preventing malaria through the free mass distribution of long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets. For just $10, individuals can send a net and save a life; the donation covers the cost to purchase and distribute a bed net and educate the recipient on its proper use.