A Mosquito’s Perspective on Malaria (for World Malaria Day)

world malaria day 2013“Poverty is hopeless and depressing. I’m a mosquito, an agent of poverty—in the preventable disease division. I’m effective too.

Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria, and I get the assist. It’s enough to make a caring, God-fearing soul see red.

But who cares? Red is just a color, like the color of a blood cocktail with 50 thousand plasmodia swimming in a drop the size of the period at the end of this sentence.

Fifty thousand is overkill when it only takes one plasmodia determined to do what needs to be done.”

(I really, really don’t like that mosquito.)

This Thursday, April 25, is World Malaria Day, a day to raise awareness and spur on action for a disease that should not even be killing one child.

Until recently,  I didn’t know that half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, or that a child dies of malaria every 30 seconds. It kills approximately 655,000 children a year, many under the age of 5. Most of them live in sub-Saharan Africa.  Preventable deaths. Mosquito nets, medicine, and education are what’s needed to prevent a child from dying every 30 seconds.

Your malaria donation through Compassion’s Malaria Intervention fund will literally save lives.

Visit Compassion’s Malaria Intervention Initiative page (Watch the video. The little boy is a cutie.)  Save a life, for the price of a couple of coffees.

Thank you for reading!

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  1. Wow. He is a cutie! My daughter has recently developed a real fear of mosquitoes. I think she must have heard something at school or something. And I try to explain to her that they're annoying, but not necessarily anything more than that. And what's really scary is that if she only knew how deadly they can be, well, she'd never leave the house.

    Thanks for spreading this word.

  2. Thank you! I just sponsored my first Compassion child in January. I have 4 World Vision kids! This is so important. You rock!

  3. Thank you for sharing this info. What a horrible statistic. It's so sad that we can't beat something so preventable. I hope word spreads.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  4. Thank you for sharing! I cannot stand mosquitos but its even more horrible to think of them from this perspective! That is such an awful statistic.

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