N2M – The Symbol of Protection
The bracelets of N2M strive to provide safety and malaria protection by distributing one treated mosquito net for every N2M bracelet sold.
The Eban symbol forming the emblem of N2M bracelets is part of an ancient African symbolic language called Adinkra and is historically used throughout Ghana. It is a representation of love, safety and protection and it symbolically separates and protects the family from the vulnerabilities that lie beyond. The symbol is also associated with the security and safety one finds in love.
N2M’s TEN Facts About Malaria that You Need to Read!
1. Malaria is caused by blood parasites transmitted from person to person through the bites of infected mosquitoes. In the absence of prompt and effective treatment, malaria often causes death.
2. The most vulnerable communities in Africa continue to lack sufficient access to long-lasting insecticidal nets, indoor residual spraying, diagnostic testing, and artemisinin-based combination therapies.
3. Around half a million people die from malaria each year, mostly children under five, with nine out of ten malaria cases occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. It takes the life of an African child every minute or about 1’300 children a day.
4. In Ghana alone there are a staggering 3 – 3.5 million cases of malaria contraction every year and government statistics show that approx. 20,000 children die from malaria on a yearly basis and that 45 percent of all outpatient hospital visits are malaria-related.
5. Even if a child survives, the consequences from severe malaria such as convulsions or brain dysfunction can hamper long-term development and schooling.
6. Furthermore pregnant women and their unborn children are particularly vulnerable to malaria, as a result of low birth weight and maternal anemia.
7. A malaria-stricken family also spends an average of over one quarter of its income on malaria treatment alone, suffering loss of income.
8. Malaria-afflicted families on average can only harvest 40 per cent of the crops harvested by healthy families.
9. In endemic areas, as much as 60 per cent of children’s schooling may be impaired as a result of repeated bouts of malaria.
10. Malaria-endemic countries are among the world’s most impoverished and the cost of malaria control and treatment slows economic growth by about 1.3 per cent a year in Africa. The Annual economic burden of malaria in Ghana is estimated 1-2 per cent of GDP.
How YOU help – Every N2M Bracelet Distributes an Insecticide Treated Net (ITN)
World Health Organisation (WHO) studies show that sleeping under a bed net is the best way to avoid malaria, but many families cannot afford to take such a precaution. In the markets of Ghana, a single insecticide-treated bed net (ITN) can cost upward of US$10 – far beyond the budget of most people in a country where nearly 80 percent of the population live on less than $2 a day.
The N2M ‘one bracelet for one net’ initiative provides insecticide treated mosquito nets to rural villages in Ghana, which generally represent the poorest of communities. N2M will be distributing only this type of net (ITN) as it has proven the most effective solution. The technology of ‘long lasting insecticidal nets’ eliminates the need for re-treatment and keeps nets effective for many years and should help reduce child mortality by at least 20 per cent.