Oh remember the 1950’s: the Korean War, Eisenhower’s run, the worlds triumph Over Malaria? Well not so much. Malaria is still alive and killing. According to the Centers for disease control and prevention each year 350–500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide, and over one million people die, most of them young children in sub-Saharan Africa. But what’s the problem? Why are people still dying? Can’t you just get a shot or something.
You know, its actually not even that complicated. What the sub-saharan needs are nets, bed nets. Malaria infested mosquitos usually bite between the hours of 10 p.m to 4 a.m, prime sleeping time for most in sub-saharan Africa, well for everyone in the world i guess for the exception of college students. A net hung from the bed that completely covers the sleeping person can significantly reduce the chance of a bite. andStudies have shown that use of insecticide-treated bed nets can reduce transmission as much as 90% in areas with high coverage rates. ‘
Nothing but nets is a grass roots organization devoted to solving this very problem. 10 dollars buys a net that can help prevent a child from getting malaria. (www.nothingbutnets.net)
Seems that when solving a problem is this simple its the obligation of people in a position to do something to really do something. I know there are things you might rather do with 10 dollars, go out to eat, buy a cell phone cover, maybe a bud light at a New york city bar(I know its ridiculous). Anyway, there’s something about giving that makes your heart happy, at least for a little while. Im not saying donate 10 dollars, go halfzies with a buddy, 5 each to save a child’s life. Saving the world has become so easy that you don’t need to leave your computer chair, or uncomfortable ottoman in my case, to do so.