world malaria day

April 25, 2009 —

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.

So today, especially, see if you can help. Buy a treated mosquito bed net, raise money, get educated and spread the word.

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.


  • Dave

    You can also help give mosquito nets, easily and at no cost, by joining Everywun:

  • Sarah Pickwick

    Dear Courtney,

    Thank you for displaying the button in the above post. Is there a chance you could do so again for World Malaria Day 2010?

    Many Thanks
    Sarah Pickwick