Mosquito nets are highly effective in halting the
spread of malaria in developing nations.
is one of the world's deadliest preventable diseases and claims millions of
lives every year. Children living in developing nations are at particular risk
from malaria due to inaccessibility of health care. However, thanks to a new
device designed by researchers in the Netherlands and Kenya, many lives could be
saved in the future.
The device, known as
the SolarMal, consists of a solar panel that can be affixed to the roof of a
family's home. The photovoltaic panel powers a fan and an electronic discharge
insect control system. Nylon strips imbued with an artificial human scent
attract malarial mosquitoes to the device, which
then kills them before they have the chance to infect people.
Dr. Shanaz Sharif, Kenya's director of public health, says the device could
reduce the burden of disease and associated public health spending in Kenya by
as much as $100 million annually.
To date, the device has been tested
on around 470 households on Kenya's Rusinga Island, an area in which malaria
remains a serious problem in part because of high year-round temperatures.
Preliminary tests have proven highly successful, and in addition to powering the
mosquito-repellant device, the solar panels can also serve as an inexpensive
source of electricity that can power a charging point for cellphones, as well as
two household light bulbs.
researchers behind the device hope to make their product commercially available
within the next year, many families nonetheless remain at high risk of malaria.
However, the use of chemically treated mosquito nets, such as the ones in
ChildFund's Gifts of Love & Hope catalog, are making a difference to
children in need and their families.
The Kenyan government has
expanded the use of insecticide-treated nets in many parts of the country where
malaria remains most prevalent, and it reports that 22
million people were protected from malaria through the use of bed nets last
To help ChildFund protect vulnerable children from malaria, please
consider purchasing a mosquito net for a family in Kenya, Cambodia, The
Gambia, India, Indonesia, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Uganda or Zambia. For just $11,
you can substantially reduce the risk that a child will be infected with
malaria. Your generosity will make a tremendous difference in the life of
a child, so please consider supporting ChildFund in the fight against malaria
and help us halt the spread of this deadly disease in Kenya and other