Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Talk About It: What would we do if 2,000 children were dying each day from a bug bite?
About a week ago, we got a letter in the mail from World Vision about Malaria. I had tears as I read the stories to M and T and I was shocked when I took the time to really read about how bed nets work. Malaria is a disease I have heard of many times, but I had never taken the time to understand the specifics.
Did you know that the mosquitoes that carry the deadly malaria parasite only bite between 10pm and 4am? That's why bed nets make the difference between life and death. Bed nets cost $6.00. $6.00 to literally save a life.
And did you know that these bed nets are treated with an insecticide that kills mosquitoes on contact and that they work for 4 years?! That both gets rid of the deadly mosquitoes and saves lives for pennies! To break that down, "Every $6 you give will provide a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net that will protect the life of two or more children from this deadly disease. Since these nets can be used for approximately four years, that means you will save the life of a child for only 6 cents a month." (From World Vision's End Malaria Campaign.)
Malaria was eradicated in the United States in the early 1950's. We have the knowledge and resources to end malaria in the world. Check out this short clip from ONE to see what's happening in Congress now and to find out more ways to be involved.
This is the powerful LINK to the stories that I read in the World Vision letter. It is not easy to watch--to see the real faces of people affected by malaria. But from reading about it and from seeing it, malaria becomes real--it becomes something that can NOT be ignored.