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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Give a Net: Save a Life

Play this game (a little cheesy) of driving a dirt bike around Africa delivering Malaria Nets to individuals in need.

Malaria is one of several curable/preventable deadly diseases that is ravaging Africa. Nothing but Nets has this to say about the disease:

Malaria, from the Medieval Italian words mala aria or “bad air,” infects more than 500 million people a year and kills more than a million— one person dies about every 30 seconds. The disease is particularly devastating in Africa, where it is a leading killer of children.

The disease is a self-perpetuating problem with large-scale impact on societies and economies. Malaria accounts for up to half of all hospital admissions and outpatient visits in Africa. In addition to the burden on the health system, malaria illness and death cost Africa approximately $12 billion a year in lost productivity. The effects permeate almost every sector. Malaria increases school absenteeism, decreases tourism, inhibits foreign investment, and even affects the type of crops that are grown.

Despite the magnitude of the problem, there is a simple and cost-effective solution to prevent malaria deaths. For just $10, we can purchase a bed net, deliver it to a family, and explain its use. Bed nets work by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. A family of four can sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net, safe from malaria, for up to four years. The benefits of bed nets extend even further than the family. When enough nets are used, the insecticide used to deter mosquitoes makes entire communities safer—including even those individuals who do not have nets.

Although $10 for a bed net may not sound like much, the cost makes them out of reach for most people at risk of malaria, many of whom survive on less than $1 a day. Nets are a simple, life-saving solution, but we need your help to provide them to those in need.

You can make a monetary contribution or play their game. This is a partnership created by the United Nations foundation.

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Dr. Russell Norman Murray said...

Malaria is one of several curable/preventable deadly diseases that is ravaging Africa. Nothing but Nets has this to say about the disease:

I have seen these ads lately with Donald Sutherland stating that the nets would save many lives. It is good to post on this issue.

Russ via BlogRush

crossn81 said...

Thanks for stopping by. I've not seen any of the ads yet - thanks for the tip!

carol said...

Well, I played the net game....and I got stuck in a hut. Seriously, I thought I could drive into the hut to deliver a net...oops!

crossn81 said...

that's pretty funny Carol. I'm glad we don't live in Indy any more or you might try and run us over!! Thanks for playing the game.