Friday, April 25th is World Malaria Day – a day to raise awareness that malaria takes over 1 million lives every year, 90% of which are in Africa. What is most alarming is the fact that malaria is a disease that is both preventable and treatable.
When our family was in West Africa for 3 months last year we did not catch malaria, but we saw many patients at the hospital who had. We were privileged enough to have a house with screens on the windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering. We had bug spray to keep the pests off us when we were outside. Most of all we could afford anti-malarial medication which we took regularly.
A friend of mine contacted me a couple weeks ago asking me to share a personal story about malaria. She has taken my story and several others and compiled them into a great blog article about malaria and what you can do to help stop it. Please take the time to read it and share it with your friends and family.
Take a moment today to thank God for the health He has given you and pray for those suffering from malaria around the world.