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The Boko Bed Net Solar Malaria Prevention Project

Reducing malaria rates, bringing electricity to places that have none, and creating job opportunities by teaching people how to make solar systems.

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Who We Are

We are Green World Health Net, a non-profit organization founded by a diverse group of people with a shared interest in finding ways to promote better health through the use of green and alternative technologies. Our projects result in healthier people and a more sustainable planet. The Boko Bed Net Project (BBNP) is an exciting and innovative Malaria prevention project that we believe can greatly decrease the rates of Malaria.

Project Summary 

Reducing malaria rates by teaching people to make their own solar panels and solar systems to power fan and light consoles inside mosquito bed nets making them more comfortable to sleep under. Meanwhile providing renewable electricity to villages that have none and creating business opportunities to make and sell solar panels as well as cell phone and battery chargers.

“Boko” means “I am well” in Twi, the primary indigenous language in Ghana.

Malaria Statistics

Malaria is a serious, yet solvable problem. Somewhere in the world a child dies every 30 second from this disease, 1 million people die of malaria each year in Africa alone, and 20,000 children will die from malaria this year in Ghana, the country where our project is being launched.

Our Objective:

  1. Reduce malaria rates by increasing bed net usage while providing renewable electricity to villages that have none. 
  2. Community buy-in and empowerment. This project is not a hand out. Families are required to pay a monthly fee to pay off the cost of their solar system over time, equal to what they now pay for lighting sources. This money will be used to finance future Boko Bed Net Systems thus helping to sustain the project.
  3. Help communities to generate income by teaching them to make their own solar panels and cell phone chargers and selling them.

***Go to the updates to see how we have improved the Boko Bed Net household system meanwhile reducing the costs of the each systems from over $400 to under $200 per household.

Malaria Facts
What We Need

We need to raise $43,500 to implement this holistic project in two communities in Ghana, West Africa. This includes:

The building and installation of 300 household Boko Bed Net Systems with mosquito nets, solar panels made by villagers, storage batteries, interior and exterior lighting, as well as fan/light consoles to put inside nets. This equates to a average cost of $145 per househlold.

Workshops to teach the communities how to build and maintain their own solar systems and cell phone chargers.

Tools, basic business training, and set up of the community-owned solar business.

What You Get

Be the first person on your block to have a solar-powered cell phone charger made in a remote village in Africa! That's what you'll get for a generous donation of $250 or more. Watch this video to see how they're made:
Solar Powered Cell Phone Chargers hand-made in Africa!

 Other great perks

 

The Project In Depth

Sponsor a familyThe Boko Bed Net Project (BBNP) is an exciting and innovative Malaria prevention project that we believe can greatly decrease the rates of Malaria. Malaria currently kills a child every 30 seconds. As the world’s temperatures increase due to global warming, the area where Malaria-carrying mosquitos can live will increase and more people will be exposed to this deadly disease. This is a problem that will not just go away.

The BBNP will prevent Malaria by substantially increasing the use of mosquito bed nets. Currently, mosquito nets are accessible in many parts of the world. However, country-wide bed net use rates are estimated at 5-50%. Getting Malaria net use rates up is an important goal because the nets have proven to be a cost-effective method for preventing Malaria.  Our preliminary research shows a simple fact; people do not use their nets because they are just too hot to sleep under; the mosquito netting reduces air flow by 60-70%. We have a simple solution to this problem.

The BBNP will result in a significant increase in bed net use through installation of a solar-powered fan and light console inside mosquito nets. This console will provide both air circulation and lighting inside the nets. Our system will not only increase bed net use but will bring a clean, safe, and reliable lighting source to houses, an additional health benefit because kerosene and other toxic forms of lighting are eliminated. Furthermore, the power generated by these household solar systems will have zero emissions and will not contribute to global warming.

The BBNP is also an income generating project for the communities that participate. Villagers are taught how to make their own solar panels and cell phone chargers. Cell phones now play an important role in remote communities as they are not only a way to communicate, but vital in emergency and life threatening situations. There is a great demand for affordable solar panels and cell phone chargers, and the low cost manufacturing methods we are introducing will create jobs and allow the village to start and run their community-owned business to meet this demand.

We need to raise $43,500 to implement this holistic project in two communities in Ghana, West Africa. This includes the building and installation of 300 household solar systems with solar panels made be villagers, storage batteries, interior and exterior lighting, as well as fan/light consoles to put inside nets.  Funds will also be used for workshops to teach the communities how to build and maintain their own solar systems and cell phone chargers. Your donation will also go towards an initial investment in tools, basic business training, and set up of the community-owned solar business.

So we're turning to you to ask for help. Your contribution will help us build and install Malaria prevention solar systems for families in Ghana, and will help us in our fight against Malaria and in creating a more sustainable world. Thanks!

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