World Malaria Day is commemorated every year on 25 April and recognizes global efforts to control malaria. Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. The theme for World Malaria Day 2012 - "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria" - marks a decisive juncture in the history of malaria control (http://www.rollbackmalaria.org/worldmalariaday/).
Malaria is a preventable, treatable disease, yet a child dies of malaria every 30 seconds. This can happen when malaria is not treated, and cerebral malaria develops in as quickly as two days. Once this happens, a child can slip into a coma and eventually die.
Families in poverty need help dealing with this potentially fatal disease. Many cannot afford insecticide-treated mosquito nets or medical treatment.
You can help by donating to Compassion's Malaria Intervention Fund - also known as the "Bite Back!" campaign.
Compassion intervenes by:
- Providing households at risk with treated mosquito nets
- Educating family members on malaria prevention
- Treating those suffering from malaria, chagas disease and dengue fever