Monday, April 6, 2009

One Simple Thing: World Malaria Day APR 25 2009

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Resources:  http://www.malarianomore.org/

Sobering facts:

  • Malaria is particularly devastating in Africa, where it kills an African child every 30 seconds.
  • Malaria kills more than 3,000 children every day, and over 1 million every year.
  • 350 to 500 million cases of malaria occur annually.
  • 90% of deaths from malaria occur in Africa
  • Young children and pregnant women are most likely to become severely ill and die from malaria.
  • Malaria was eradicated from the United States over 50 years ago, yet more than 40 percent of the world’s population is still at risk.

My own experience with malaria is limited.  When I was traveling to India for work, I had to take malaria pills daily.  They made me a little woozy, but I didn’t agonize over it, didn’t think I would be at risk, I simply mentioned the trip to my travel doctor and was given a prescription for the pills, which I had to take a week before and after my trip as well as daily while I was there.  But I am fortunate.  In many countries malaria medication and something as simple as a net are impossible to come by.

Now that you have the facts, let’s focus on what you can do to make a difference.

Take action:

  • Skip dinner out and donate $30 to provide mosquito nets.  Your $30 will buy 3 bed nets.  A simple long lasting insecticide treated mosquito net can protect a child or several children from malaria for up to five years.
  • DONATE $10 MOSQUITO NETS

    Providing a $10 mosquito net is the easiest, but most effective way to protect African families from mosquitoes that bite at night and transmit malaria. Learn More >>

    SEND AN E-CARD

    Malaria No More E-Cards allow you to make a gift on behalf of a friend then send them customized E-Card letting them know why you have chosen to honor them by contributing to the fight against malaria. There are cards for all occasions! Pick a design below to begin. Learn More >>

    GET EDUCATED

    Before you can become an effective advocate against malaria, you first need to understand malaria from the ground up.

    ACTIVATE

    Turn your knowledge on malaria into action! Whether you'd like to spread awareness at your church, host a bake sale, or canvas your community, Malaria No More has ideas and tools to help you raise awareness and funds for life-saving bed nets. Download fundraising toolkits >>

    GET THE WORD OUT

    Global awareness about malaria is on the rise and helping to promote grassroots, corporate, and public investments in ending malaria's devastating impact in Africa. To continue the positive trend, Malaria No More needs your help to get the word out. Learn More >>

    STAYIN' ALIVE: YOUR DANCE, YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE MALARIA NO MORE

    Schools from across the country are dancing to make a difference in the lives of African families threatened by malaria. Here's your chance to make a difference on a global scale… and all you have to do is dance! Learn More >>

    IN THE CLASSROOM

    From grade school penny drives to high school science presentations to college dance fundraisers, young people are stepping out and leading the charge against malaria. Whether you're looking to do your own project or involve your entire school, we have the resources to help you succeed.Learn More >>

    MORE THAN A CLUB: KICK IT TO MALARIA

    The program embraces soccer as a unifying factor for children worldwide.Through the program, young people in the United States can use their favorite game to save lives by raising awareness about malaria and raising money for live-saving bed nets that prevent the disease. Learn More >>

    BABY NETWORK: HONOR A NEW LIFE BY SAVING ANOTHER

    The Baby NETwork, in partnership with Malaria No More, offers friends and relatives an opportunity to honor a newborn baby, child or expectant mother. With a $10.00 honorary donation to Malaria No More, a mosquito net will be sent to protect a baby, child, or expectant mother from malaria. In the process, a network of babies helping babies is established. Through this network information is disseminated and donations collected to help fight malaria, a disease which disproportionately effects children under the age of five. Learn More >>

    What action are you willing to take to support World Malaria Day?

1 comments:

Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

Thumbs up, and keep it going!

Cheers
Christian, iwspo.net

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