Monday, April 25, 2011

U is for Unprepared

The end of the alphabet completely snuck up on me. So I am completely unprepared for the letter U.

But since today is World Malaria Day, here's a little something to consider.
  • Half of the world's population—3.3 billion people—are at risk of contracting malaria. (source)
  • Between 300 and 500 million people contract malaria each year, and one million of those die. (source)
  • 650,000 children under age 5 die of malaria each year; that's 65% of total malaria deaths and the third leading cause of under-five mortality. (source
  • Malaria contributes to the continuing cycle of poverty in developing nations. (source)
Ready for some good news?
  • Malaria is caused by a protozoan parasite transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito. (As an interesting tidbit: only female mosquitoes bite; males eat pollen and are an important part of the ecosystem.)  
  • Anopheles mosquitoes are active at night, biting while people sleep. (source)
  • Bed nets can cut incidences of malaria by at least 25%. (source)
  • You can donate a bed net and save a life for as little as $5 through Malaria No More or Nothing But Nets
Think of it as paying it forward. You don't suffer from malaria; help others to achieve the same goal. 


    1. You are in luck Alison, a plant featured under my 'T' provides a cure for Malaria, among other things.

      (Btw not a bad post at all considering you are unprepared).

      Life on The Farm

    2. For someone who is unprepared you certainly gave us some good information. I can't imagine struggling with malaria. Bronchitis is knocking me for a loop.

    3. Will you be turning this useful research into a children's picture book? he-he :)

    4. Although we live in Thailand, in Bangkok we're not at a huge risk of Malaria (Dengue fever, yes...) but when we travel to the borders and our neighbouring countries, then the risk goes up. It's a terrifying threat. Donating a net is a brilliant idea. Great post, thank you.

    5. Thanks for the link to donate. I'd heard something about it, but wasn't sure who to go through.

    6. Very informative. Who knew the blogging challenge would be so educational?

    7. Interesting post! Thanks for the information, and the links.

    8. I just recently read that malaria is caused by a parasite and now you say it again. I, too, am happy that I'm learning new things on this challenge.
      Wanna buy a duck