One of my favorite things about winter are NO mosquitos. Living in Georgia we certainly see our fair share. They’re pesky, annoying little creatures that help me learn self-restraint instead of scratching myself until I bleed. As annoying as they are to me, the worst threat they pose is annoyance. Not so elsewhere. They pose a serious, and life threatening problem. Every day 2000 children die from malaria caused by mosquito bites.
Individually, we can each save a life, but it will take a massive movement to save an entire generation from the threat of malaria. ACT:S to END MALARIA is a campaign to mobilize our churches, campuses, and communities to do our part by using our voices and actions to end malaria deaths by 2015.
Prevention tools are simple and have been proven effective. Spraying insecticides inside homes, using the appropriate anti-malarial drugs, and sleeping underneath bed nets dramatically reduce the impact of malaria. For every $6 treated bed net, the lives of 2 children can be saved. More nets in more communities means fewer infected mosquitoes carrying the deadly malaria parasite, and fewer infected mosquitoes means fewer people at risk. Unfortunately, many families affected by malaria survive on less that $2 a day, so these preventable measures are not affordable options for them.
Here are a few things that are being done and you could do to help end the threat of malaria:
-Bed nets so that people are mosquito bitten at night.
-Encourage governments to increase funding for life saving interventions. Make a phone call to a government official encouraging them to help address this issue.
-Order your End Malaria Box to begin helping addressing this HUGE social need.