Saturday, April 25, 2009
Count Malaria Out!
Today, April 25th, is "World Malaria Day". It is a day, across the world, meant to raise awareness of a very deadly but entirely preventable disease. This is one that I feel passionate about because so many children are affected by it throughout the world and I know that my own daughter was personally impacted. Here are some facts on Malaria as posted on the website of the World Health Organization. You can visit their website for more information at http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/malaria/en/index.html
WHO March 2009: Facts on Malaria
About 3.3 billion people - half of the world's population - are at risk of malaria.
Every year, this leads to about 250 million malaria cases and nearly one million deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable.
Malaria is especially a serious problem in Africa, where one in every five (20%) childhood deaths is due to the effects of the disease. An African child has on average between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever each yearAnd every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria.
To watch a video about the impact of Malaria and to take action by writing to your government representatives or to purchase bed nets for families in affected countries go to:
We have purchased a preventative malaria net for a family of 5, through CALM Ministries in Rwanda. You can do the same by going to:
You can also purchase bed nets to be delivered to the highest area of need through the organization "Nothing But Nets" at: