Did you know that malaria is among the leading causes of child death globally, causing more than 2,000 child deaths a day?
In sub-Saharan Africa, it is the second leading cause of death for children. (That’s a child every 45 seconds. Before you finish reading this post, two more children may die.)
Malaria can be prevented and treated using inexpensive, proven interventions. However, for the hundreds of millions of people, these life-saving interventions remain unaffordable and inaccessible. That’s why Wednesday was End Malaria Day.
The U.S. Congress pledged in 2008 to battle this child-killer by passing the Global AIDS, TB, and Malaria bill (Public Law 110-293) and now it is time to fulfill that commitment. We can do more. Please contact your members of Congress and the President today. Tell them that we must do all that we can to end malaria deaths by 2015.
Let’s stand together in fighting extreme poverty, global hunger, and disease, for the sake of the world, and because it’s also in America’s national interest. Today, hundreds of thousands of people in Africa and around the world are alive because of America’s historic investment in global health. These cost-effective programs are generating real results. With our leaders/ intentional support, our nation’s impact will continue.
- Will you join me in asking Congress to fulfill our commitment to battle this leading cause of child deaths? If so, urge our leaders here, in partnership with World Vision.
- Visit World Vision, Compassion, or GFA and buy mosquito nets (only $10 at GFA).
- For more on the global fight to end malaria, see Nikki’s reflections (whose words I have borrowed for this blog post).
For example, my message was sent by World Vision to our president, two Oregon senators and our congressman:
- President Barack Obama
- Senator Jeff Merkley
- Senator Ron Wyden
- Representative Kurt Schrader
Will you join me and many others in asking Congress to fulfill our commitment to battle this leading cause of child deaths? If so, urge our leaders here, in partnership with World Vision.