May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011—Summer is almost here.  Well, it’s still rainy half the time but the idea of summer has at least presented itself.  When I think about June, I usually recall the travesty of mosquito and deer fly bites during those first weeks of camp in Muskoka, Ontario.  Bug bites are a big pain in summer fun–but at least we don’t have to worry about getting Malaria, right?

If you’ve traveled anywhere in the southern hemisphere lately, you probably went through a battery of needles and pills to keep you safe from harmful diseases that thrive in the climates and economic atmosphere that a good portion of world finds itself in.  For a person living there, taking pills is not the solution.  Not to mention, very cost-effective.  The best way to protect against one of the world’s most rampant and common disease is a dollar-store solution: bed-nets!

Nearly one million people die of Malaria each year.  It’s not us or our families up at the cabin or cottage, it’s the world’s poorest nations who are being effected the most by this disease.   According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every 30 seconds a child dies from Malaria.  That’s a horrendous thought–that for a $5–I could help save someone’s life, or the life of someone’s child.  The good news is there are organizations that are putting this simple solution into practice: $5 for a net, with that $5 actually directly purchasing and delivering a special kind of long-lasting insecticidal net to countries and communities in need.  Against Malaria is an organization that is not only working with global partners to keep it’s grassroots, 100% proceeds to nets approach but is certified as an international charity that puts donated money where it needs to go.  For more information about their organization and what they are doing, visit www.againstmalaria.com or click on their logo.

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