By: Jenny Tolep, External Relations and Communications
A single net can change a life.
In Burundi, Geneviève used to stay up all night in fear of her or her family members catching malaria – a disease that killed her brother and two of her children. But after PSI distributed mosquito nets to the local health center in Geneviève’s community, her life changed. For the first time, she could sleep in peace, knowing she and her loved ones were protected.
According to the World Health Organization, roughly 3.4 billion people across the world are at risk of malaria, with children under the age of five and pregnant women being most vulnerable. In Burundi, malaria is responsible for more than 50 percent of deaths among pregnant women and children under-five. PSI works around the world to prevent malaria by distributing long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) – cost-effective and powerful tools to reduce malaria at the community level. The largest net distributor in the world, PSI has delivered more than 215 million nets in 38 countries and more than 666,000 nets in Burundi alone.
PSI uses a flexible net distribution approach, ensuring all available channels are used to maximize health impact under local epidemiological, policy and funding conditions. Currently, PSI Burundi collaborates with the Ministry of Healthy to distribute free bed nets in public health centers, while socially marketing low-cost nets. The U.S. Government has also played a role, providing significant funding for the malaria prevention and treatment program. As part of the President’s Malaria Initiative approach, USAID supports the Burundi government’s campaign to ensure all of its people– especially those at greatest risk like pregnant women and children — receive the appropriate education, information and products to help them live longer, healthier lives.
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