Malaria causes twenty percent of all childhood deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. This is ridiculous, because malaria is one, entirely preventable, and two, a curable disease. Thankfully, there is a very easy way we can change the world by stopping malaria deaths. Basically, most malaria cases can be prevented in sub-Saharan Africa by preventing mosquito bites with mosquito nets. This is so easy. Yes, it takes a little bit of money. However, most of us can do this by simply going without Starbucks and Tin Drum after church on Sunday (namely, me) or packing lunch for work instead of going out. There are two ways that you can get mosquito nets to women and children that need them.
One, you can donate a net through UNICEF right here.
Two, you can order a fundraising package from Bite Back and host an event to get a large amount of people to donate nets through Compassion International’s Malaria Intervention program. I am planning on doing this when next semester starts and I am so excited for it! Bite Back provides you with all the resources you need, all you need to do is to get people to come (perhaps using free food?)
Do you think mosquito nets are enough? How else can we work to end preventable disease? Have you donated a mosquito net? Let us know!