April 25, 20094/25/09 2 comments
As an American, when I fall asleep I mostly worry about what I’ll wear the next day, whether I remembered to start the dishwasher and if I’m overscheduled the next day. Poor me.
Imagine living in a country where going to sleep brings the worry of a mosquito bite leading to malaria. Today, April 25 is World Malaria Day.
Every year there are approximately 300 MILLION malaria cases around the world. That includes more than a million deaths. 3000 children die each day! Malaria kills more African children than any other disease and costs Africa $12 billion annually in lost productivity. (more stats and info here & here)
There are 109 countries with malaria in 4 regions. See this map.