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Time for Our Story

Our founder Andy was a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2000-2002 in this the Bandafassi Region in Senegal. He left at the end of his service with a desire to do more. Both in medical school, he and Jesse, also a returned volunteer started a collaboration to continue their efforts.


They founded Netlife, which works with villages in the Bandafassi region to fight Malaria. This region is the farthest from the capital and it is very underserved from a health perspective. Despite large campaigns to provide mosquito nets, surveys show that people in these villages do not have an adequate supply of nets. When rainy season arrives, this leaves children and adults on unprotected sleeping spaces. Stagnant water is abound with the nearby terrain, breeding mosquitos to carry the deadly malaria parasites. 

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Andy Sherman

Netlife Founder

Andy co-founded Netlife with Jesse Mathews. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kedougou region from 2000 to 2002. His ideas for mosquito net distributions lead to this project. He completed his masters degree of public health at the University of Rochester, and he is currently a community pediatrician in the Rochester area. 

Jesse Matthews

Netlife  Founder

Jesse co-founded Netlife with Andrew Sherman in 2005 while attending Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He is currently an attending physician at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington where he practices hospital based internal medicine. Jesse and Andy are dedicated to this project as a life-long endeavor. He teaches medical students and residents and is an avid rock-climber, hiker, cyclist and runner.

Andy Aligne

Advisor and Translator

Andy is faculty at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and is co-director of the Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC). He is Andy Sherman's advisor for his current fellowship. He is the editor of Community Health section of Pediatrics in Review and has mentored dozens of residents and fellows in community oriented health projects


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