Malaria Mosquito Nets

President Bush and his family hosted a forum at the National Geographic Society to raise awareness and funding for the commonly overlooked disease Malaria.

Unfortunately Malaria often takes a back seat to AID’s when being judged by the global community in terms of the dangers it poses to human beings.

Bush can feel good about this cause, if nothing else, this holiday season because so far it’s been an overwhelming success.

Malaria is an infectious disease that is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

It’s transmitted by female mosquitos and currently there is no vaccine for it the only prevention involves simple practices such as using mosquito nets and insect repellent.

President Bush’s campaign against Malaria started just about five years ago and has been a 1.2 billion dollar venture. And it brings me great pleasure to say that every penny has been well spent.

Something that we can collectively rejoice about this holiday season is the contributions the U.S. has made towards protecting Zanzibar, one of the Spice Islands, against this deadly disease.

The United States distributed enough mosquito nets to shelter all the pregnant women and the young children of Zanzibar and since then the island has witnessed a decline in Malaria cases of almost 90 percent!

This is just an example of the protection we can provide for those less fortunate than us and with more help we’ll be able to reach higher goals.

The forum that President Bush spoke at was put on by a non-profit organization called Malaria No More. Their slogan is simple and direct: Donate $10 for a mosquito net, save a life.

Of course there were many in attendance who could afford to donate much more such as Bill and Melinda Gates, but the organization’s intention is to reach out to the common American and make it feasable for him/her to contribute as well.

As for me, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend $10 this holiday season so I visited and purchased a mosquito net for another human being in need.