World Malaria Day
By Siera Millard
Photo by military.com
Often called one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases, there were 216 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2016, with 445,000 deaths. Malaria comes from a parasite living within the infamous wasp. With the abundance of the pesky things, it is clear why there is such an epidemic. In fact, the most infectious and disease-ridden type of mosquito (the Anopheles gambiae) is the most abundant in Africa. This poses a problem in a less developed nation, as they do not have the same resources to help those affected by it and thus the horrendous circle continues.
World Malaria Day occurs on April 25th this year. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the epidemic in Africa and nearby countries in order to raise funds and support to help those severely impacted by them. On this day, choose to learn a little bit more about the world you live in, or choose to tell others about what you learned so that they too may step out of that cave of ignorance. Choose to donate money or time or some amount of effort to make the world a better place by helping those that fight Malaria directly.
This World Malaria Day, be thankful that you live somewhere without malaria, and help those who do not.