Help Stop The Clock On Malaria:
One Repair Kit at a Time
This is Kojo
Kojo is a 12-year-old boy from a small village in Uganda. He's a bright, curious kid who loves learning and playing soccer with his friends. However, his life has been significantly impacted by malaria. Kojo's family is poor, and they live in a small hut with a thatched roof. The village they live in is known to be a high-risk area for malaria, and they were provided with an insecticide-treated bed net by a local health clinic. However, the net was torn in several places, which allowed mosquitoes to enter and bite Kojo and his family members while they slept. Over time, they all contracted malaria, and it made their lives incredibly difficult. Kojo's father was unable to work, and his sister was unable to help with household chores. Kojo himself missed several weeks of school and struggled to keep up with his classmates when he did attend. He was weak and tired most of the time, and it was hard for him to concentrate on his studies.
We learned about Kojo's story while we were conducting research in Uganda. It solidified our determination to cause a paradigm shift in malaria prevention, making sure that families like Kojo's will always have the tools they needed to repair their nets and prevent the spread of malaria. Our goal is to get our repair kits into every village across the continent, so families like Kojo's can sleep safely and children can attend school without interruption. Kojo's story is unfortunately not unique. Every minute, a child dies from malaria, and many more suffer from the disease's debilitating effects. By donating to our campaign, you can make a real difference in the lives of people like Kojo and help us prevent unnecessary suffering and death from malaria.
Together, we can stop the clock on malaria, one repair kit at a time.
The Global Problem
We have already shipped thousands of kits across Uganda, receiving exceptional feedback from community leaders and members. So far, 96% of people pledged to use our kit to repair their nets when damaged. After just 12 months, 64% have kept themselves safe from malaria using our kits!
Our Next Step
We are raising $10,000 to sponsor our next distribution and data collection event. We are working with an ASU partner university in Kumasi to deliver these life-saving mosquito nets and mosquito net repair kits to communities in need. This distribution is broken down into two parts. First, in December 2022, we traveled to Konongo, Ghana to conduct a preliminary evaluation of the community. There, we interviewed 60 households about their mosquito net usage and repair motivators/inhibitors. While there, we found that community members were practically begging for some way to fix their torn nets, so they wouldn't have to throw them out.
Second, in May 2023, we will be conducting a large-scale study and distribution event in Ghana to gain more specific insight into how our kits can improve the retention and overall use of mosquito nets. We will be traveling to Konongo, Ghana to deliver 1500 brand-new mosquito nets and 1000 of our mosquito net repair kits to three separate villages across the district. These villages are deemed high malaria risk, meaning that the people are in immediate danger of contracting malaria every night they are sleeping without a mosquito net. We will be collecting data on the extension of net longevity by our kits, prevalence of repairs, and reasons for repairs amongst other factors causing the lack of patching distribution in the status quo. This research will be the catalyst to include repair materials with every future mosquito net distributed worldwide. This distribution will help us shift the paradigm towards repairing mosquito nets.
In addition to our distribution and data collection event, we are also working towards showcasing our research at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). The ASTMH is a leading forum for researchers and professionals in the field of tropical medicine and global health. We believe that presenting our work at this event will not only showcase the impact of our repair kits in preventing malaria but also provide an opportunity to share our insights with fellow researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders in the field. We hope that our presentation will inspire others to join our mission and contribute to the global fight against malaria.
The current standard distribution model for mosquito nets does not include anything regarding repair. We think this is crazy - like driving a car without a jack and spare tire crazy. Our goal is to use this data to demonstrate a clear need for repair materials included with distribution and incite a global policy shift. We will be presenting the collected data to our connections in United to Beat Malaria and the United Nations Foundation to cause a shift in attitude regarding net repairs. The ultimate goal is to make sure people are sleeping under timely-repaired mosquito nets for as long as possible. Thus, keeping families healthy and safe by preventing unnecessary infection and death. You can help us stop the clock on malaria.
This donation provides repair kits for 30 people's mosquito nets.
This donation is more than enough to cover both Ben and Michael's food costs for one whole week in Ghana
This would cover our lodgings for half a week in Ghana
This donation will pay for the baggage costs of flying all our mosquito net repair kits to Ghana for distribution.
This donation covers the travel and health documentation required for entry into Ghana.
This donation will cover the cost of all the mosquito net repair kits we are distributing.
This donation would pay for the flights, housing, and on-ground transportation for distribution during our time in Ghana.
This donation would cover all the labor for distribution and data collection in Ghana, helping us incite worldwide distribution policy change.
This donation will pay for all 1500 mosquito nets to be shipped to Ghana, keeping 3,000 people safe from malaria for three years with the help of our kits.