I recently read a Time magazine article that moved me to try and do something about malaria in Africa. Malaria kills 2 million children a year in Africa. As a matter of fact, since you’ve begun reading this post, 1 child has died of malaria in Africa. The thing is that there are a number of inexpensive, preventative solutions to the dying. One of these solutions are bed nets treated with insecticides that protect children while they sleep. Problem is that these nets cost $10 per net. I know $10 doesn’t seem like a lot more than the average family in Africa can afford. The problem is so bad that families decide to have more children because they are not sure how many will survive. It’s an existence that we can hardly fathom.
The cost for a comprehensive net program in Africa is about $3 billion. According Time this is about 12.5% of the $24 billion that Wall Street handed out in bonuses last year. To put it in terms you and I can understand – all it would take is $3 per person in the high-income world per year – or one cup of coffee at Starbucks.
So how can we help? I’ve started a team at the Nothing But Nets Campaign. I’m asking you to do one of two things:
- Donate money by sponsoring the team Blogging to Save Lives. $10 per month will protect 12 families – not that much to ask.
- Join the team and and make the plea to your friends through email, your blog, etc.
I’m asking all of my readers that have blogs to join the team. It’s a simple way to have a huge impact.
Please join me in saving lives.