Malaria Awareness Day
Monday, April 25th
Malaria Awareness Day is a day set aside to recognize and do something about the tragedies that are caused by this preventable and treatable disease.
Mosquitoes are only a few millimeters wide and weigh less than a grain of rice. It is hard to believe that these seemingly insignificant creatures are responsible for the deaths of one million people per year.
Malaria is a disease that spreads through mosquitoes. Ninety percent of those who die from malaria are in Africa where this disease alone is responsible for 1 in 5 of the deaths of young children.*
Malaria is treatable if the victim is able to receive prompt medical care which is often unavailable in the regions where it is most needed. According to UNICEF, one of the best and most cost efficient ways to prevent malaria is simply using treated mosquito nets, which protect children while they are sleeping, when the malaria mosquitoes are out.
Sleeping under a treated mosquito net decreases a child’s chance of contracting malaria and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes that kill another 1 million people a year.*
Malaria is often prevalent in areas affected by AIDS. There is some evidence that malaria may quicken the progression of HIV to AIDS and may increase the likelihood of the transmission of HIV from pregnant mothers to their babies.*
Childcare Worldwide’s goal is to provide treated mosquito nets not only for all our sponsored children, but to reach out to children in surrounding communities as well. Just $10 will provide a child with a potentially life-saving mosquito net.
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