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TODAY news for Thursday, October 19, 2006

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What is a net worth? SIMS asks for your $5 gift to help save a life

A boy in Batouri, Cameroon, happily displays his insecticide-treated bed net that he recieved after attending the SIMS health fair last December.
A boy in Batouri, Cameroon, happily displays his insecticide-treated bed net that he recieved after attending the SIMS health fair last December.
Every 30 seconds an African child dies of malaria. For many children and families in Africa where malaria is a leading cause of death, a net is worth a life. Sleeping under an insecticide-treated bed net (ITN) is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent malaria. An ITN costs approximately $5 USD. However, that is beyond reach for many who need it the most. With your help, Students for International Mission Service (SIMS) will continue its mosquito bed net project this year.

Last December, SIMS raised almost $30,000 for insecticide-treated bed nets that were distributed during a health fair in Batouri, Cameroon. In partnership with local health leaders, the SIMS team trained and educated local health leaders, and together they put on the city’s first health fair. Health education in topics including malaria prevention, nutrition, maternal/child health, oral health, and HIV/AIDS prevention was provided for all participants. After attending all the lectures, participants were given a free ITN.

This December, empowered health leaders in Batouri will use the education and training they received to put on the city’s second health fair. They have asked for your support by providing funds to purchase needed ITNs.

This Christmas season, you can give a $5 gift that will help save a life, with every donation going towards the purchase of an ITN. Send your tax deductible gift to SIMS, Loma Linda University, Cottage 80, Loma Linda, California 92350. For more information, please contact SIMS at (909) 558-8089 or by e-mail <sims@llu.edu>.

By Patricia Thio and Martine Polycarpe, MPH

TODAY news for Thursday, October 19, 2006