Against Malaria provides insecticide-treated bednets to folks in regions of the world where Malaria is prevalent, such as parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. Malaria-carrying mosquitoes tend to be active in the evening and early morning, so these nets are critical to preventing new infections. One hundred percent of donations go towards bednets, so if you donate $5, that’s one bednet provided to a person who is at risk of contracting Malaria. Donate here. After you’ve donated or just to show your support for the cause, participate in “project blackout” on facebook. The goal is to get one million people to set their profile pics to black today to demonstrate the one million lives (and more) lost each year to Malaria, a preventable and completely curable disease.
Africa Fighting Malaria is a non-profit health advocacy organization that researches the effectiveness of malarial control measures in Africa and encourages private organizations and public health agencies to use effective, low-cost methods for controlling Malaria, such as the insecticide DDT. DDT-based sprays, which if sprayed in houses at perfectly safe levels at regular intervals, is very effective at controlling malarial mosquitoes. This method, called indoor residual spraying (IRS) is recommended by thee World Health Organization for controlling Malaria. As part of its World Malaria Day campaign, AFM is issuing a Call to Action to encourage IRS funding and implementation in all malarial areas and has created a map showing where IRS is occurring and who is supporting it. Malaria was a problem here in the southern US until well into the twentieth century. Insecticidal spraying helped eliminate Malaria from this country and it should be part of the strategy in other parts of the globe as well. Donate to AFM here and join their facebook campaign as well.
Btw, I do not receive any compensation from either of these groups, but I have friends who work at AFM and have become friends with the folks at Against Malaria. Eliminating Malaria is something that I feel strongly about because it kills so many each year and we already have the tools to eradicate this disease. Unlike many other of the worst diseases around, we already have the cure for Malaria. Over a million lives, many of them children under 5, would be saved each year if Malaria were eradicated. It’s a preventable tragedy.