Makena Center for Ability and Hope

Nets for Life:
Reducing Malaria in Kenya

The Nets For Life Program is a life-saving initiative dedicated to reducing the devastating impact of malaria in communities in Kenya. Malaria remains a significant public health challenge, particularly in regions with limited access to healthcare and resources. Our project aims to mobilize support and resources to implement proven interventions that can prevent, diagnose, and treat malaria effectively.

Malaria kills…

Malaria kills in shocking numbers but nowhere is it more devastating than in Sub-Saharan Africa which suffers 90% of all malaria deaths worldwide. Every 30 seconds an African child dies of malaria. Those that survive may suffer brain damage or paralysis.

  • Every day 3000 children die of Malaria
  • Malaria kills nearly a million African children under 5 years old every year.
  • Those that survive may have brain damage or paralysis.
  • Every 30 seconds, a child dies of Malaria in Africa.
  • Every day, 25 million pregnant African women are at risk for low birth weight and stillborn babies because of Malaria.
  • Malaria is especially devastating in sub-Saharan Africa where it is the leading killer of children.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa suffers 90% of all Malaria deaths worldwide.

But it can be stopped.

There is a simple, cost-effective way to prevent malaria deaths and reduce its devastating effects – a piece of life-saving cloth called a mosquito net. Studies show that the use of insecticide-treated nets can reduce the transmission of malaria as much as 50%.


Key Components

Prevention Through Bed Nets

In malaria-endemic regions, simple interventions such as insecticide-treated bed nets can significantly reduce the risk of malaria transmission. The Nets For Life Program provides bed nets to vulnerable populations, prioritizing pregnant women and young children who are most at risk of severe illness and death from malaria. By distributing bed nets and promoting their proper use, we aim to create a protective barrier against malaria-carrying mosquitoes and save lives.

Access to Testing and Treatment

Timely diagnosis and treatment are critical for reducing malaria-related morbidity and mortality. The Nets For Life Program supports the establishment of community-based healthcare facilities and mobile clinics equipped with rapid diagnostic tests and antimalarial medications. By improving access to testing and treatment services, we ensure that individuals infected with malaria receive prompt and appropriate care, reducing the likelihood of complications and transmission to others.

Education and Awareness

Knowledge is a powerful tool in the fight against malaria. The Nets For Life Program conducts educational campaigns to raise awareness about the causes, symptoms, and prevention of malaria within affected communities. We empower community health workers and volunteers to educate their peers about the importance of using bed nets, seeking early treatment, and adopting other preventive measures. By fostering a culture of prevention and awareness, we strive to create sustainable behavior change and reduce malaria transmission over the long term.

Malaria Impact


By supporting the Nets For Life Program, donors have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of millions of people affected by malaria. With your help, we can expand access to life-saving interventions, strengthen health systems, and ultimately, bring an end to malaria-related suffering and death. Together, we can turn the tide against malaria and build a healthier, more resilient world for future generations. Join us in the fight to end malaria now.

Answering the call for over two decades.

Since 2006 we have impacted countless lives in Kenya thanks to our ongoing partnership with Hearts Afire. 
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100% of every dollar donated goes directly to helping the people of Kenya.