Across the world in far-flung places, green structures are popping up… Here are pictures of the SansBug mosquito net from a mission trip in Kenya.
Trivia question of the day – which is the most venomous scorpion in North America? Ding, ding, ding… you guessed it, it’s the bark scorpion! Its venom is so painful that many victims have described sensations of electric jolts after being stung. It is the only scorpion in the southwest that can climb walls and other objects with a rough surface and it so resilient, that it has been found at ground zero after nuclear testing!
So we don’t blame Paula who lives in the southwest desert in scorpion-country for seeking refuge in a SansBug tent:
Everyone thinks I’m crazy but I’m deathly afraid of the Bark Scorpions which have suddenly become invasive in the Coachella Valley. I can now sleep without worry inside my tent. I took a (full bed size) piece of talalay foam and cut off the corners to fit inside. A mattress pad and sheets and it’s as cozy as can be.
January 9, 1438hrs: Please be advised our office must purchase three SansBug III for members going on mission overseas.
The Mounties may always get their man but even they need protection. Three RCMP officers were deploying to Cambodia for one year to investigate crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. While interrogating witnesses in remote jungle locations, they had to deal with stubborn ants in their beds and pesky frogs in the bathroom.
2 months later: Please be advised three of my colleagues have had the opportunity to try the tents on a mission to Cambodia. They indicated they are all satisfied with the construction and the rapidity to install the pop-up mosquito nets.
So on one side of the world, the tents are being used to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone and on the other side of the world in Cambodia, they’re being used to bring the bad guys to justice. Not bad, eh?
In late November, the Canadian military contacted us for a rush order to outfit a team heading to Africa in a week with pop-up mosquito nets. We didn’t ask where they were going and they didn’t tell. A quick search on google revealed the mission is the Canadian government’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The plan is to have military medical personnel in Sierra Leone for 6 months; each team will work for about 2 months in an Ebola treatment center and be replaced by another. So the first team of 37 doctors, nurses, medics and specialists should be coming home soon.
We haven’t received much feedback about the tents other than the sergeant who ordered them gushing I’m so excited after receiving them. Yup, that’s what the SansBug does to you… it can make the most battle-hardened veteran weak at the knees. And then a couple of days later, we got the message that everyone seems happy with your product!
The year-long outbreak, which is the largest in history, has claimed 9,380 lives according to the CDC (as of February 15). There was a steep decline of confirmed cases in January but that has leveled out with Sierra Leone having 76 new confirmed cases last week. The outbreak will not be declared over until there are no new confirmed cases for 6 weeks.
It’s always interesting to read where and how the SansBug is being used in different parts of the world. Chris, Managing Director of LoneStar – Africa Works, an Austin-based non-profit is working with beekeepers in South Sudan to sell their honey in USA. He just got back last week after a month-long trip. Here’s part of an email from him:
The tent worked great. Used the four-fold with the strong cinch strap and packed it carefully in my bag. Kept it in tri-fold once I reached the ground. For the first time since 2009 I could wake up without bites.
In fact I had the best sleep of the whole trip in the SansBug, deployed on the mattress in a tukul hut at the remote farm of our beekeeper-partners. Unfortunately my camera was out of batteries by then.
But everyone who saw it asked about the SansBug. High quality item. Am recommending it to a friend of mine who has moved to South Sudan with his family.
Even when staying in hotels, he preferred to deploy the SansBug since the mosquito nets provided are usually torn.
Check out their crowd-funding page for their project!
Now that Ebola has claimed its first victim in the US, more of us are concerned and worried. We find ourselves paying attention to the headlines mentioning it and reading more about it. But many of our doctors have been choosing to work in West Africa since the outbreak was announced in March despite the risks. When Duncan’s own family was not able to sleep after seeing him via video and declined to see him again, we can imagine what the doctors have to go through when they are up close and attend to so many patients that some have to be turned away.
We all can do something, however small, in one way or another. HMT has decided to donate a SansBug mosquito net to every physician with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) heading to West Africa to help with the outbreak. If you know of such a physician, please request him or her to contact us so we can ship them a SansBug.
- Hello SansBug, Our leaders and I would also like to thank you for helping us out with such a great product. They kept the bugs out and saved the leaders from having to do bug sweeps each night at Camp Sequassen. We did a overnight canoe trip to a small island in which we had limited space to get our gear there. The scouts packed up their screen tents and put them in their canoes and took them with them. The tents were a extremely easy way of getting shelter ţo the island by canoe. I attached a couple pictures. In the future we will be offering this great product to all of our new scouts each year. Thanks again! G. Miller Troop 143 Woodbridge NJ
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