World Malaria Day is an occasion to commemorate and spread awareness about the global fight against malaria. According to the United States Center for Disease Control, 41% of the world's population currently lives in an area where malaria is transmitted. In sub-Saharan Africa, the disease kills at an astonishing rate of 1 person every 2 minutes. Perhaps the most simple and inexpensive course of action that can be taken to prevent the spread of malaria is to provide members of problematic communities with insecticide treated mosquito nets.
When speaking at a conference in Long Beach, California a few weeks ago, Bill Gates found an interesting way to remind conference attendants about the ease with which malaria is spread. As he unscrewed the lid on a jar of mosquitoes, Gates told his audience: "Malaria is spread by mosquitoes. I brought some. Here, let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected." After doing so, Gates reassured the stunned audience that the mosquitoes were not infected with Malaria. According to the organizer of the conference, Gates' stunt was "an amazing moment" that allowed conference attendants to fully realize that malaria is easily spread, and does not discriminate between rich and poor.
In honor of World Malaria Day, mGive would like to recognize four of our nonprofit partners who work tirelessly to fight the disease.
Malaria No More is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that is determined to end malaria deaths. The organization makes high-yield investments of time and capital to speed progress, unlock resources, mobilize new assets and spur the world toward reaching this goal. Donate $5 to Malaria No More by text messaging NET to 90999.
Recently, Malaria No More has been in the spotlight due to a competition between Ashton Kutcher and CNN. Ashton said that if he beats CNN to 1 million followers on Twitter, he would donate $100,000 to Malaria No More. He beat CNN April 17, and sent 10,000 mosquito nets to help Malaria No More fight malaria in Africa. Learn More
Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. The organization has set up a Malaria Intervention Fund to help children and their families receive the resources they need to fight the deadly disease. Donate $5 to Compassion International by text messaging POVERTY to 90999.
Malaria is one of many focus areas for the United Nations Foundation. The organization partners with Roll Back Malaria, a campaign that coordinates a global approach to fighting the disease. Engaging more than 20 global partners, the UN Foundation created the award-winning Nothing But Nets campaign to raise awareness and deliver bed nets across Africa. Donate $5 to the UN Foundation by text messaging BEDNET to 90999.
UNICEF is also involved with the Roll Back Malaria initiative, and is committed to helping the campaign reach its goal of halving the world's malaria burden by 2010. The organization is the largest global procurer and deliverer of insecticide treated nets, procuring over 24 million nets in 2006. Donate $5 to UNICEF by text messaging TAP to 864233.
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