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A UN Safety Net for Refugees in Africa
When you send a net, you provide hope for a healthy future. Now, when you donate $10, you can send a message of hope and a life-saving bed net to a family in Africa. Send hope today.
Refugees in Africa have fled their native countries because of political and economic strife, ethnic tensions, and natural disasters. They traveled into the unknown with little more than the clothes on their backs in hopes of a better, safer life. Some refugees settle in camps for months, some for years. But their stay can be cut short with just one deadly mosquito bite. Refugees are particularly vulnerable to malaria – in fact, malaria is the number one killer of refugees in Africa.
Women and children are especially at risk of infection – and they make up three quarters of the populations in these camps. Small, close quarters and limited resources are just a few of the factors in the spread of this disease. Pools of water from heavy downpours in the approaching rainy seasons become ideal breeding grounds for malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
Read our FAQ on refugees and malaria.
VIDEO: Nothing But Nets™ travels to a refugee camp in Uganda to distribute nets.
Nothing But Nets™ is working closely with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to send urgently-needed nets to more than one million refugees in 15 countries.
Nothing But Nets™ supporters have already helped to purchase 275,000 bed nets for refugees in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Sudan. Over the past few months, the Nothing But Nets™ team has traveled with our partner the Union for Reform Judaism to Kenya and with Champions Tom Cavanaugh and Gavin DeGraw to Uganda to help distribute some of the nets to the families.
UNHCR’s refugee protection programs are vital, as are their food, water and medical supply distributions. But often, the missing link is simple: these refugees need life-saving bed nets. And you can send one for just $10.
We’ll continue to share stories from our trips to the refugee camps where we’ve met with refugees and the aid workers who are helping them through these difficult times. Continue to check this page for updates and more information as we work together to send nets and help save the lives of these refugees.
- Read Tom Cavanagh's trip diary from Uganda.
- Read Gavin DeGraw's trip diary from Uganda.
- Watch Gavin talk about his trip on the Today Show and Vh1.
Learn more about refugees from UNHCR.