By Dan Skallman
Before I joined the Nothing But Nets team, I lived and worked in a rural farming community in eastern Senegal. Although nearly everyone I worked with was a farmer, one topic of conversation in the community was even more prevalent than the coming harvest – malaria.
Farmers, who make up around 65 percent of the African workforce, know the dangers of malaria better than most people. They perform work that is dependent on heavy rains – rains that can bring a bountiful harvest, but also the pervasive threat of malaria-carrying mosquitoes. If these communities don’t have access to high quality insecticide-treated bednets, the threat to their health and safety is critical.