My dad, Mark Conard, made me aware of World Malaria Day 2008 at this post.
He also made this invitation:
This year, with exactly one month to go before “World Malaria Day 2008,” I want to invite whoever reads this to make a contribution to “Nothing But Nets.” You only have to give $10.00 to make possible one bed net, which will literally be a lifesaver for a child, a youth, or perhaps a family.
I will personally give $10.00 for “Nothing But Nets” for everyone who lets me know between now and then of their gift! (This is only valid for the first 100 people who let me know!)
I am passing the invitation along to you. Give a net for $10. Visit this post and leave a comment.
Let’s change the world.
7 replies on “World Malaria Day 2008 – An Invitation”
Thanks for posting this. I had heard of the program and Molly had talked about it but, as is often the case, I had not done anything about it until you reminded me. I just logged on and bought 10 nets. You can let your dad know and he can decide if it counts as “one” person or 10 nets.
Kip – Thank you for your generosity. I will pass it along to my dad.
It is certainly unfortunate that malaria still exists in places in our world, when we have the means and the resources to effectively eradicate it, as has happened in Europe and North America, as well as other places. While I think that providing treated netting is a necessary act of charity, I also believe that some evidentially questionable environmental decisions to ban DDT (which has been proven to be the most effective means of not only controlling but eliminating malaria) have effectively (and needlessly) signed the death warrant for millions of people over the last few decades, and on into the next few.
I will buy a net, but I’m also going to donate $50 to Africa Fighting Malaria on the premise that eliminating malaria will in the long run be significantly more effective in terms of disease prevention, economic productivity, etc, as it has in the nations that have used the very means they later banned to eradicate it in their lands.
The consequences of improperly applying DDT while serious were overstated. DDT was possibly the single most effective method of controlling Malaria. Had the disease been prevalent in more developed countries it is seriously doubtful DDT would have been removed from the inventory. Countless millions of people in primarily developing countries suffer and die because of this poorly considered decision. Putting up nets will only protect while one is under the net. It is not possible to live life under a net. Sooner or later, with or without the permission of the world community, DDT or some other effective chemical will be used to try to control Malaria.
deviantmonk – Thanks for the donation to both sites and for raising my awareness of Africa Fighting Malaria. Good stuff.
Earl – Thanks for your addition to the conversation.
play a game to send a net for free to struggle malaria:
P.S: Note that Funds will be released for nets through April 25th while funds last, up to $200,000
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