"Poverty is hopeless and depressing. I'm a mosquito, an agent of poverty—in the preventable disease division. I’m effective too.
Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria, and I get the assist. It’s enough to make a caring, God-fearing soul see red.
But who cares? Red is just a color, like the color of a blood cocktail with 50 thousand plasmodia swimming in a drop the size of the period at the end of this sentence.
Fifty thousand is overkill when it only takes one plasmodia determined to do what needs to be done."
This Thursday, April 25, is World Malaria Day, a day to raise awareness and spur on action for a disease that should not even be killing one child.
Until recently, I didn't know that half of the world's population is at risk of malaria, or that a child dies of malaria every 30 seconds. It kills approximately 655,000 children a year, many under the age of 5. Most of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. Preventable deaths. Mosquito nets, medicine, and education are what's needed to prevent a child from dying every 30 seconds.
Your malaria donation through Compassion's Malaria Intervention fund will literally save lives.