Entries tagged with “Malaria”.

Play this game (a little cheesy) of driving a dirt bike around Africa delivering Malaria Nets to individuals in need.

Malaria is one of several curable/preventable deadly diseases that is ravaging Africa. Nothing but Nets has this to say about the disease:

Malaria, from the Medieval Italian words mala aria or “bad air,” infects more than 500 million people a year and kills more than a million— one person dies about every 30 seconds. The disease is particularly devastating in Africa, where it is a leading killer of children.

The disease is a self-perpetuating problem with large-scale impact on societies and economies. Malaria accounts for up to half of all hospital admissions and outpatient visits in Africa. In addition to the burden on the health system, malaria illness and death cost Africa approximately $12 billion a year in lost productivity. The effects permeate almost every sector. Malaria increases school absenteeism, decreases tourism, inhibits foreign investment, and even affects the type of crops that are grown.

Despite the magnitude of the problem, there is a simple and cost-effective solution to prevent malaria deaths. For just $10, we can purchase a bed net, deliver it to a family, and explain its use. Bed nets work by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. A family of four can sleep under an insecticide-treated bed net, safe from malaria, for up to four years. The benefits of bed nets extend even further than the family. When enough nets are used, the insecticide used to deter mosquitoes makes entire communities safer—including even those individuals who do not have nets.

Although $10 for a bed net may not sound like much, the cost makes them out of reach for most people at risk of malaria, many of whom survive on less than $1 a day. Nets are a simple, life-saving solution, but we need your help to provide them to those in need.

You can make a monetary contribution or play their game. This is a partnership created by the United Nations foundation.

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Written by Martin Dugard this is an excellent recount of how Dr. Livingstone and Henry Stanley met in the heart of Africa.  Dugard presents the story in a journal/diary format writing about the progress of each man towards their unplanned and unlikely meeting hundreds of miles from “civilization,” while delicately weaving important historical and background information into the narrative.

I really enjoyed this book and was able to complete it in just over a week.  The story-line is very compelling as Livingstone is quickly running out of luck and supplies just as Stanley, a journalist from the USA walks into the village with new supplies and hope. Drugard’s research makes you feel like you are struggling through the pain of malaria, dysentery, and the anguish of having no energy or desire to take the next step towards the African unknown and the final destination.

I never really understood the history behind Stanley and Livingstone’s meeting and the famous phrase “Dr Livingstone I presume.” By all accounts, including his own, Livingstone was lost and without any hope of rescue deep inside Africa’s jungles when Stanley miraculously arrived, beating better trained and equipped British explorers and proving to the world that Livingstone was still alive and the US was a force to be reckoned with.

If you have an interest in Africa, adventure, history, or just want a great story this is your book.  It may even spike your interest and desire to travel Into Africa.

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