According to UNICEF, a kid dies from a mosquito bite every minute, and it’s the third biggest killer of kids in the world. (Wait a moment for that to sink in.) The majority of child deaths from malaria happens in Africa, and here’s the thing: Malaria is totally treatable and preventable, so not one of these deaths should be taking place.
“We’re using the symbol of an orange lollipop to highlight what children in Africa are missing out on due to malaria — their childhoods” says Malaria No More. To participate, take a selfie of you with an orange lollipop, or you can digitally add a lollipop with their website. Keep your eyes peeled for celebs like Mýa taking part in this, and see if you can’t encourage others to join you! Every dollar donated at www.MalariaNoMore.org/MalariaSUCKS buys and delivers a life-saving test and treatment for a child in Africa, where most malaria deaths happen.
Even James Van Der Beek has gotten in on the action!
— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) April 23, 2014
You can take also take action with UNICEF by buying someone in need mosquito nets (5 nets for only $20!) or anti-malaria drugs (or you could buy both). Getting mosquito nets to people in need is a big step, and the group Nothing But Nets is all about it.
Nothing But Nets
Sign the Nothing But Nets pledge to join the fight against malaria — it just takes a second!
Learn more about World Malaria Day and how you can help out!