This is quite an achievement, as Nigeria is one of the most endemic countries in the world for LF with 22 million people infected and over an additional 100 million at risk. The parasites that cause LF are transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause excessive swelling of a person’s limbs and genitals. Causing tremendous suffering and social stigma, LF drastically compromises an individual’s quality of life and ability to care for his or her family.
Led by the Nigerian Ministry of Health and The Carter Center, an integrated control strategy was employed including public education by Nigerian community leaders and local ministry of health personnel, oral drug administration and distribution of long-lasting insecticidal mosquito bed nets. Clarke is proud to be included among the donors responsible for the success of this program including Merck, GlaxoSmithKline and Vestergaard.
Through the generous support of employees, friends, family, customers and partners, the Clarke Cares Foundation has been able to donate almost 118,000 mosquito nets to The Carter Center since 2009. These nets have been specifically designated for use in Plateau and Nasarawa as part of this LF elimination and malaria control program. By way of donations, all of us share in this remarkable achievement and can be rewarded in knowing that we can make a difference by helping to provide healthier futures for so many people.
Congratulations to The Carter Center and the Nigerian Ministry of Health.
Thank you to our supporters.
Thank You to St. Paul Lutheran Church!
Nuts about Nets was a 2011 initiative of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, to combat malaria, which kills one million people worldwide each year. They joined with the Clarke Cares Foundation and The Carter Center to provide mosquito bed nets for families in Nigeria.
Through a very inspiring outreach ministry, the St. Paul congregation raised funds for 20,000 nets for needy families in Nigeria! The kick-off for this program was a jazz worship service with the renowned ChurchJazz band performing on Sunday, July 31. The overwhelming success of this project over the following two months was due to the participation of many caring and loving people. The outpouring of support for helping to bring healthier futures to those in need in Nigeria was truly inspiring.
We offer a most heartfelt thank you to the members of St. Paul.
Students at Florida Gulf Coast University raise funds for nets for over 12,000 people.
The Malaria Project was a civic engagement, service learning initiative conducted by two classes (Civic Engagement and The University Colloquium) at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers during 2009 and 2010. Taught by instructors Courtney Satkoski and Neil Wilkinson, they worked jointly to raise public awareness of the ongoing plight of individuals living in Nigeria from mosquito vectored malaria. These two classes worked together to not only raise awareness but to raise enough money to purchase nets to protect over 12,000 people.
These classes worked with various agencies and organizations to accomplish this effort. Students from both classes completed a minimum of ten hours each of service learning for this project, with most students earning triple that amount.
Classes raised money by selling t-shirts and koozies as well as through hosting car washes, church events, bake sales, a 5K, and other restaurant events. They sought donations and spoke with groups and provided other support in exchange for additional collaboration.
A special thank you to these students and their instructors for working so selflessly to provide families in Nigeria healthier futures.