april 25 (tomorrow) is world malaria day. malaria is one of the leading causes of death in the third world, particularly in parts of africa, where it’s the number one killer of children. the crazy thing about this is that it’s completely preventable. a $10 treated net protect and eliminate the disease for individuals and families who have them; and simple and affordable treatment is available (if made accessible) to those who do contract the disease. in short: this is a killer we should be able to easily eliminate. some stats:
– 350-500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide each year.
– Malaria causes 20 percent of ALL childhood deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.
– 90 percent of malaria deaths occur in Africa—nearly 1 million people.
– Malaria kills 3,000 children each day.
youth specialties partnered with compassion international to create the bite back campaign, an effort to enlist youth groups (or any group or individual) in ending malaria.
here’s the website: biteback.net (get it?)
here’s why bed nets work
and here’s a link to a secure page for donating a net right now.
i encourage you to get involved, both as an individual, and with any group you can rally (youth group, co-workers, small group, family). at ten bucks each, supplying nets that save lives is pretty simple for all of us. to clarify…
Biting back is easy. Just $10 will:
purchase one insecticide-treated bed net and distribute it to someone who needs it and teach that person how to use it
provide education on malaria prevention and control
provide treatment of the child’s home with insecticide
provide medical treatment if the child becomes infected with malaria