Michu Uaiyue's native Akha dress made her stand out in downtown Salem. Michu is from Laos and was promoting awareness of the rampant malaria in her home country and how providing insecticide-treated netting helps save lives. She, along with Matthew McDaniel, hope to raise enough funds to purchase 10,000 such nets to distribute. According to their literature, cerebral malaria in northern Laos is "pf" malaria, which attacks the brain. Childhood mortality is close to 50% in northern Laos for children under 5. Studies have shown the effectiveness of the nets in decreasing the number of deaths.