Today is World Malaria Day.
Every 30 seconds a child dies from Malaria.
It is the 3rd single biggest killer of children globally. Approximately 3.3 billion people are at risk of Malaria and it kills approximately 655,000 children annually, most under the age of 5 in sub-saharan Africa.
And it’s all because of mosquitos.
In December 2000, I contracted dengue fever while living in the Amazon region of Brazil. Similar to malaria and chagas disease, it is caused by mosquitos. Within a week I had a severely high fever, rash and body aches. I lost 15 pounds and had slight hemorrhaging. It required an early departure from Brazil and several months of recovery. I had excellent medical access.
For children in poverty stricken regions, one mosquito bite can mean death.
Sadly, it is highly preventable. Families in poverty need help dealing with this deadly disease. At an average income of $1.25 per day, even the small cost to protect their families from the mosquitos that cause malaria, dengue fever and chagas disease is out of reach.
When a child contracts the disease, high medical costs or long travel distances to medical clinics prevents access to treatment that will save their child’s life.
Today is World Malaria Day and Compassion is actively working to prevent and treat malaria, dengue fever and chagas disease around the world. For more information about Compassion’s Malaria Intervention Initiative and how you can help, click here.
Just one donation of $20 can buy 2 mosquito nets and protect a family from malaria.
You can be the change and save a child’s life.
For less than one dinner date or movie night out, you can change the world one family at a time.
So, join me?
Save a child’s life and impact the world? In honor of World Malaria Day, let’s each purchase two mosquito nets for a small $20 and start saving lives today.
- HAPPY WORLD MALARIA DAY!!! How do YOU intend to celebrate? (humantriumphant.wordpress.com)
- The gossamer thread, part 2: A different story (worldvision.org)
- Biting Back Against Malaria [infographic] (mattdantodd.com)