One of the reasons Mosquito Joe has been so successful as a company, is our ability to make mosquito control fun. The services we provide allow thousands of customers to live a mosquito-free life and enjoy their outdoor space. But it’s important to remember the grave danger mosquitoes pose to millions of people everyday around the world. Mosquito-borne illnesses, such as malaria, cause widespread illness and death year round. In an effort to spread awareness and raise money to fight this terrible disease, today (April 25th) is World Malaria Day.
Malaria is caused by a parasite transferred through the bite of an infected female mosquito. Symptoms such as fever, headache, chills, and vomiting usually manifest about 7-10 days after the first bite. If left untreated, malaria can progress quickly and become deadly. In 2015, nearly half of the world’s population (3.2 billion people) were at risk for contracting malaria. There were 214 million confirmed cases last year and 438,000 deaths. 90% of the deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa, and sadly, 78% of them were children under the age of five.
Although much still needs to be done, the battle against malaria has made leaps and bounds in recent years. Between 2000 and 2015, the malaria mortality rate has fallen by 60% and global cases have fallen by 37%. The United Nations Millennium Project Development Goals were set in 2000 to address and reduce extreme poverty around the world. Target 8, to have halted and begun to reverse the incidents of malaria by 2015, was achieved last year.
The theme for this year’s World Malaria Day is End Malaria for Good. The campaign offers countries a common stage to share their malaria successes and raise awareness to further fight the disease. The largest problem affected countries face is a lack of funding to provide preventative tactics such as netting, insecticide, and early diagnostic testing to the most vulnerable. It’s estimated that in order to achieve a 90% malaria reduction, annual investments must increase to $8.7 billion by 2030. As a comparison, 2014 only say $2.5 billion in global malaria funding, so there is a long road ahead.
Don’t worry, we wouldn’t leave you without a call to action! According to the World Health Organization and their partnership with Roll Back Malaria, 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 endemic. These long-lasting nets cost just about $10 each and work by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when most transmissions occur. Widespread community use of insecticide-treated nets provokes a decline in the mosquito population, which helps to protect those who do not sleep under nets. 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. Thank you for helping as we recognize World Malaria Day and support efforts to defeat 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 world
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.