Alessandro Lauria is in the 11th grade at Long View High School in Lakewood, Colorado and he is the founder of the Malaria Defense Project. He knows first-hand what it's like to have malaria, he had it 3 times before the age of 5 while living in Ghana. Alessandro is determined to help others ward off the deadly illness that each day kills almost 1,000 children under the age of five around the globe. Malaria Defense Project — Nets in Action has already distributed over 3,800 insecticide-treated nets to villages in sub-Saharan African countries. Not only has his organization made an impact on Africa (where entire families often sleep together under one net), but also on his local community in Colorado. He gives presentations to local schools, civic organizations and church groups and has spread awareness about malaria and the importance of eradicating this disease that kills over 400,000 people globally each year; because no child should ever have to die from a mosquito bite.
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