Texas Methodists Deliver Nearly 1 Million Life-Saving Nets
“Pure humble joy” is how
describes the experience of handing her first anti-malaria net to a child in Africa during her recent 10-day trip to Cote d’Ivoire with Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, leader of the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, and several dozen leaders from the Methodist Conference.
30 volunteers distributed 785,000 nets to children who walked many miles and stood in line for hours to be vaccinated as a part of a national measles vaccination campaign, led by the Cote d’Ivoire ministry of health, the Measles Initiative, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and other partners.
Silvus has served with more than 40 mission teams in Russia, Kenya, Belize, Bolivia and Costa Rica. She is executive director of outreach at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church where last year’s Christmas offering raised $175,000 for the Nothing But Nets project.
The nets delivered work in two ways. They stop mosquitoes from biting during the night and spreading malaria, and the insecticide on the net kills the mosquitoes when they land on it.
There are medicines used to treat and prevent malaria, but often they are expensive and not widely available. Insecticide-treated bed nets have been identified as the most cost effective way to prevent the spread of malaria.
Treated bed nets cost $10. More often than not, entire families sleep under one net, and the nets are effective for approximately five years.
The people of the United Methodist Church are founding partners of Nothing But Nets, along with National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares and Sports Illustrated. The United Nations Foundation created the Nothing But Nets campaign in 2006. Other partners include VH1, The Mark J. Gordon Foundation, AOL Black Voices, The Wasserman Foundation, Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S., the Women’s National Basketball Association, and Rotarians’ Action Group on Malaria.