April 25, 2011

World Malaria Day

MosquitoThis year's World Malaria Day theme---"Achieving Progress and Impact.” According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/Features/WorldMalariaDay/ , the goal is to reach zero deaths by 2015.

That is quite a goal to reach in just 4 years because every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria. In Uganda alone, malaria kills about 320 children per day—that is more than six times the number of people dying in Uganda each day from AIDS.

Much work needs to be done, for malaria has not decreased. In fact, over the past 30 years it has increased three-fold. Some progress is being made, and in 32 of the 56 countries outside of Africa, the number of cases have  significantly decreased.

Malaria is both preventable and treatable for a very low cost.  A net to prevent malaria costs only $10, while treatment costs only about $8 .  You can make a contribution to bring nets to those who need them.  Go to: www.biteback.net/

For more information about  malaria go to: www.cdc.gov/malaria/

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