world malaria day

biteback_banner728x90.jpgapril 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.

biteback_banner300x250.jpgyouth 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: (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

4 thoughts on “world malaria day”

  1. It’s great that YS partners with Compassion for projects like this. Keep doing it! I just donated a couple of nets.

    P.S.: Are there any tshirts for this? That logo rocks!

  2. Great strides have been made in many places in the fight against malaria, a disease that kills a million people, most of them children, every year. That’s what World Malaria Day is all about. It draws attention to the many successful ways the war against malaria is being waged, mainly through the distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets and other relatively low-tech preventive measures. Unfortunately, children in the Democratic Republic of Congo remain highly vulnerable.

    According to the World Health Organization, less than 1% of DRC children under five years of age sleep under protective nets. This results in most of them suffering six to ten malaria-related fever incidents per year. The disease also accounts for 45% of childhood mortality, which overall runs to 20%. In short, malaria kills nearly one in ten children in the Congo every year.

    In Heart of Diamonds, my novel of the Congo, I explore how continuous armed conflict in the country is responsible for many of these deaths. Medical supplies can’t be distributed when roads, railroads, and airstrips have been destroyed. Treatment can’t be delivered by medical personnel who have been chased from their clinics and hospitals. People driven from their homes, plagued by malnutrition, inadequate shelter, and lack of sanitary facilities are weak and less capable of warding off disease. War creates a breeding ground for death by malaria just as surely as swamps full of stagnant water breed anopheles mosquitoes.

    Although the intensity of conflict has decreased since the truce of 2003 and democratic elections of 2006, millions of displaced persons still struggle to survive and hot spots remain in the eastern and western provinces. Collapsed infrastructure has severely weakened the health system in the DRC, and the strengthening process is a slow one.

    The DRC, unfortunately, has little to celebrate this World Malaria Day.

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