World Malaria Day takes place on April 25 each year to promote education and understanding of the disease. This year’s theme, “Achieving Progress and Impact,” celebrates the global community’s efforts towards the goal of zero malaria deaths by 2015.
When the first World Malaria Day took place four years ago, it was estimated that a child died of malaria every 30 seconds. The increase in awareness and support for malaria prevention in recent years has saved lives around the world. While over a million people once died of the disease each year, that number is now closer to 790,000. This progress is encouraging, but there is still work to be done.
To celebrate World Malaria Day, Barakat distributed more than 100 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to children in Jalalpatti, India. This was our second successful net distribution held as part of the Barakat Initiative Against Malaria. Barakat partnered with the non-profit organization Jyoti Sewa Samiti (JSS) for this net distribution. There were also malaria awareness presentations to help the children and their parents learn more about preventing this disease. Previous to this Barakat had its first distribution last fall and gave more than 300 mosquito nets to children in India.
Spreading education is core to our mission. The Barakat Initiative Against Malaria equips children with mosquito nets and information they need to help combat this disease effectively. These children can now spread the word about malaria prevention to their families, friends and neighbors, joining the global efforts to end malaria deaths by 2015.