Highlights from our Tax Tool: The power of a bednet

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Every year, malaria kills approximately 655,000 people—mostly children under the age of five. About 90% of all malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where a child dies of malaria every minute of the day. Yet, ten dollars is all it costs to protect a child against malaria. For only ten dollars, a bed net treated with insecticide can be purchased and distributed, and its recipients—primarily mothers and children—can be educated on how to use it.

Bed nets are an effective preventive measure, when used properly, shielding families from malaria-carrying mosquitoes while they sleep. The wider community also benefits from treated bed nets, since the interwoven insecticides not only repel but kill mosquitoes that come within range, thereby extending protection to nearby families that may not be using bed nets in their own homes. In high coverage areas, bed nets can reduce malaria transmission by up to 90%.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has distributed 230 million insecticide-treated nets worldwide, and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has procured an additional 45 million insecticide-treated nets. This support for bed nets, along with malaria treatment and indoor spraying with insecticides, is producing tremendous results.

Since 2000, annual malaria deaths are down more than 25% globally. In sub-Saharan Africa, malaria mortality has fallen by 33%. Ten African countries and Zanzibar—as well as most endemic countries in other regions—have successfully cut malaria cases or deaths by 50% or more. Estimates suggest that more than 1.2 million lives were saved in Africa alone thanks to malaria control programs. And bed nets, purchased in part by your contributions to U.S. Foreign Assistance programs, are a critical malaria control intervention. Your tax dollars are already making an impact!

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