Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bed Nets for Malaria

Although it is one of the most devastating diseases in Africa, malaria can be easily treated and prevented. An effective prevention technique is the use of insecticide-treated bed nets to sleep under. These nets usually last about 4 years, and they ward off the mosquitoes that are responsible for the disease. When enough homes use the insecticide, an entire community can be made safer, even for those that do not have a net. $10 for a single bed net protects a family of four from contracting malaria. Unfortunately, families in Africa survive on $1 per day, and the price of the bed net is extravagant in comparison. By donating here, you can help provide families with a simple, effective solution for this widespread disease.