To many of us, mosquitoes are nothing more than pests -- but in 40% of the world, they are responsible for the death of over one million people per year. Today is World Malaria Day, a day to come together to raise awareness about this deadly disease that is both preventable and curable.
Here are three ways to take action today!
+ Give A Net
One mosquito can infect numerous victims, but one net can save just as many lives. Mosquito nets treated with insecticide are key to preventing malaria. Buy 3 of 'em through UNICEF for just $18.57. That's, like, less than most people spend on coffee every week.
+ Send A Postcard
Send a customized e-card to your friends and family to let 'em know what's up! Each card comes with a moving photo and fact like, "Did you know a child dies every minute from malaria? Join #thebigpush to #endmalaria." You could even Instagram one of these babies to share it with all of your followers. I mean, all of your selfies are flawless, but today is a day to be selfless!
Follow World Malaria Day on Twitter, and like them on Facebook, too. If Selena Gomez (who happens to be a UNICEF spokesperson!) can have 15,000,000 Twitter followers, surely World Malaria Day should have more than a few thousand.
A century ago, Malaria was prevalent across the world -- including right here in America -- but prevention, monitoring and treatment eventually led to its elimination. Take action below to save the rest of the world today.