A note from TakePart's Carrie Alling:
For the past seven months, I have witnessed the miracle of new life growing inside of me. Yep, I'm pregnant and I'm fitting perfectly into the stereotype I thought I would avoid.
My ankles are swelling, I have to use the restroom all the time, and I cry…a lot. I get really emotional thinking about the world my baby will be born into, with its crazy mix of joy and pain, and all I want to do is keep her safe.
However, I also find myself thinking about the children around the world, specifically in Africa, whose parents DESIRE to keep their children safe, but are constantly fighting against a disease that could take those children from them at any moment.
The disease is malaria, and it kills anywhere between 655,000 and 1 million people every year—the majority of those being children under the age of five. The biggest tragedy of all is that malaria is completely preventable and treatable.
Malaria is spread by a tiny parasite that is transferred to humans by the bite of a female mosquito that usually attacks at night. A simple insecticide-treated net that hangs around a child's bed can prevent those mosquitos from ever making contact with skin. That's literally all it takes to slow down this disease! The problem is that many families don't have nets.
So today, on World Malaria Day, I'm asking you to help get nets to people who need their protection desperately. All you have to do is make a donation of $25 (or any other amount) to Malaria No More, a nonprofit whose goal is to see near zero malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.
Please take a few minutes to take action with me…or I'll cry.