When your tagline is “Outside is Fun Again.”, it’s a sure thing that fun is something that’s on the agenda most of the time. Normally Mosquito Joe is talking about the fun of a mosquito-free yard and all that comes with that, but today is a sobering reminder that mosquito borne illnesses are prevalent, and not everywhere in the world has the resources available to eliminate mosquitoes.
Today is World Malaria Day. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. The World Health Organization reports approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. And while malaria may not be an issue in the United States, that statistic is one to think about with 7 billion people in the world.
While fun is a goal for Mosquito Joe, so is helping. One of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent the spread of malaria is to provide insecticide-treated bed nets to communities where malaria is a daily problem. These long-lasting nets cost just about $10 each and work by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when most transmissions occur. At the same time, malaria can be treated with effective medicines that cost on average just $2.00 per treatment course, so no contribution is too small. Below are some foundations that you can donate to and help stop the spread of malaria.
Against Malaria Foundation
100% of your donation buys long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets. The Against Malaria Foundation ensures nets end up over heads and beds.
Nothing But Nets
Your donation will be used to buy long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, deliver them to at-risk populations, and provide education on their proper use.
Nets for Life
Your donation will be used to buy long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, deliver them to at-risk populations, and train community leaders to teach malaria prevention and treatment methods.
Malaria Consortium is dedicated to delivering effective prevention and treatment to people in Africa and Asia.
Thank you for helping us as we recognize World Malaria Day and support efforts to defeat malaria.
Photo Credit: Malaria Consortium