April 15, 2008

World Malaria Day

April 25 is World Malaria Day. My overseas trips have often taken me to areas impacted by malaria. Malaria is a disease we don't think about much in the United States. However, it claims over one million lives each year. 750,000 of those are children in Africa. For each one that dies, there are hundreds more who are sick.

Much of this suffering and death is preventable. Nine out of ten of these cases could be prevented with mosquito netting.

I am writing this to encourage you to join with me in making a difference. So, what an you do? First, you can learn more about the problem. Second, you can provide support through Compassion International. Compassion is a solid Christian child development organization that works in many areas where malaria is a huge problem. I wasn't able to do much, but if we all give a little, together we can make a big difference.

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