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One Million Nets

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April 2, 2009

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It is estimated that a child dies of malaria every thirty seconds on the African continent. The most life-threatening parasitic disease in the world, malaria is the leading cause of death for children under five in Southern Sudan.

Bringing malaria to the forefront in the media, the World Bank, Global Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have pledged nearly three billion dollars to combat the disease. Partnering with non-profit organizations like Population Services International (PSI), Malaria Consortium, and Malaria No More to prevent the spread of malaria, these funds also support continuing research to eradicate the disease by 2015.

PSI, the Ministry of Health, and Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) are tackling malaria through the mass distribution of more than one million Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets in 2008, and more than four million nets in 2009. By the review of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between North and South Sudan in 2011, PSI and the Ministry of Health intend to distribute long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets to all ten states in Southern Sudan. “Without [this aid],” writes Warren, “thousands of people continue to die of this treatable and preventable disease.”

Jenn Warren is a documentary photographer based in East Africa, specializing in NGO, humanitarian, and development projects. Clients include Medecins sans Frontieres, UNICEF, CARE, WFP/PAM, Amnesty International, PSI, the National Democratic Institute, SafePoint, and TASC. She was recently awarded the 2008 Nikon Emerging Professional Scholarship to attend the Missouri Photo Workshop 60 and is featured in the Best of ASMP 2008, Alligator Juniper Photography Annual 2008, and the 2008 Center for Fine Art Photography Peace Corps Exhibition.

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