Monday, 8 June 2015

World Malaria Day #MakePovertyHistory.


For those of you who are unaware, today – the 25th April, is World Malaria Day.

Malaria is a deadly disease, thought to have killed half the number of people that have ever lived, including 90% of those who live in Africa, with half of the world’s population still currently at risk – making it one of the largest causes of poverty in the world. Malaria is transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes – deadly, yet preventable. Across Africa Malaria kills approximately one child every minute – and yet it costs less than £1 or your morning coffee, to save an infected child’s life.
‘Malaria No More’ works to protect those vulnerable to malaria by using money raised and donated to provide people in countries such as Africa with mosquito nets, malaria tests, and malaria treatment. Since 2009, programmes run by Malaria No More have helped over 10 million people; whilst overall child deaths since 2000 have halved.

Just take a minute to reflect upon the amount of protection that you are privileged enough to have when travelling abroad to mosquito infested areas: nets, tablets, spray, repellants… the list goes on. Now take a minute to reflect upon what the people in places such as Africa don’t have – yet are subject to each day, and ask yourself this: why wouldn’t you help?
Whether it be putting £1 in a donation pot, buying a cute little ‘Malaria No More’ bracelet from Jack Wills, holding your own fundraiser, or even simply making others aware; do your bit for those who can’t fight Malaria themselves, and help make Malaria No More, and #MakePovertyHistory.


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