Today is World Malaria Day, a day for recognizing the global effort being made to put an end to the deadly disease that kills approximately one million people each year. And to think, the illness spreads like crazy through malaria-infected mosquitoes. Yup, a mosquito can cause THAT MUCH damage.
According to the World Health Organization, a child dies from malaria every minute. Most malaria cases occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, Asia, Latin America, and parts of the Middle East and Europe are also affected.
The good news is the fight against malaria is making a difference. Reports of the illness have decreased more than 25 percent across the globe and 33 percent in Africa since 2000. Let’s keep up the momentum to wipe out malaria once and for all. Here are some great ways to take action today — we’ve got everything from Tweeting to sending an electronic postcard.
+Make It Trend
The 2012 World Malaria Day theme is “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria.” Support World Malaria Day by sharing this video with your social networks, and use the hashtag #endmalaria. Solutions follow awareness. Make it trend, folks!
+Let’s be 5 Again.
According to the United States Agency for International Development, more than seven million children are going to die this year from malaria before they turn five years old. Help build awareness about malaria by supporting the Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday campaign, and uploading a 5th birthday photo of yourself. C’mon, you know you have some super cute pics from back in the day.
+Add a World Malaria Day Button To Your Website.
There’s no doubt about it. Easy, breezy action on the world wide web can have an impact. Show your support for World Malaria Day by embedding this button on your own site. All it takes is simple cut and paste job, and voila!
+Send a Postcard
Everyone loves getting post cards via snail mail, right? Electronic post cards are just as cool, and even easier to send. Spread the news about World Malaria Day by sending a digital post card to your family and friends. Just choose your favorite card and the message you want to share, and let the Internet do the rest.
+Tweet It Out
Choose up to three Malaria No More messages to tweet. Each micro-post includes the website for the organization Malaria No More, which is dedicated to ending malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. That’s only three years away. The clock is ticking!
+Become a Netvocate
Sign the Nothing But Nets pledge to join the fight against malaria, and let the government know that this cause is important to you. Just one $10 net can save lives by protecting people from deadly mosquitoes.
Nothing But Nets Pledge
Sign the Nothing But Nets pledge to join the fight against malaria -- it just takes a second!
Tweet To #endmalaria
Tweet out your support for World Malaria Day with the hashtag #endmalaria