Bite Back on World Malaria Day!
When was the last time you feared for your life after being bit by a mosquito? Millions of people across India experience this fear on a daily basis due to the malaria-carrying mosquitoes that thrive in the climate of the Indian subcontinent. But there is good news – today there are effective and inexpensive ways to prevent malaria, and on April 25th we have the chance to bite back on World Malaria Day!
The 2012 World Malaria Day theme is “Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria Control” and India Partners is doing just that with the help of individuals like you. Together we distributed 1,645 long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets in the last year, protecting 5,913 people in India from the spread of malaria.
Why are mosquito nets effective? Insecticide-treated mosquito nets kill mosquitoes on contact while protecting those sleeping soundly below. Christianity Today reports that “modern malaria nets are proven to reduce instances of malaria by 50 percent and malaria mortality by 20 percent”.
Below are just two stories from women who have benefited from the distribution of mosquito nets in their villages in India.
Shesha lived in a village that was infected with mosquitoes. Her son, Kumar, had been sick for sometime and Shesha feared that his poor health was due to malaria. A new follower of Christ, Shesha was regularly attending a local church, supported by India Partners. When the church provided her with an insecticide-treated mosquito net of her very own, Shesha was amazed by God’s love and the unexpected way that He met her need. This mosquito net continues to be a great blessing to Shesha and her son, and she is extremely thankful to God and those who helped to provide it.
The home where Bhavani’s family lives is swarming with mosquitoes due to the two water buffaloes that they raise for their small-scale milk business. Their family was constantly suffering from fever, jaundice and malaria, and they were unable to protect themselves from further infection because they could not afford to buy a mosquito net. When Bhavani’s family received an insecticide-treated mosquito net from India Partners, her family was extremely thankful for the wonderful and useful gift. The mosquito net now serves as a great protection for their family, and they are grateful for those who helped to provide it.
There are many more stories like Shesha and Bhavani’s thanks to the generosity of individuals like you. Would you consider donating an insecticide-treated mosquito net to help bite back and bring protection to an entire family in India? Each mosquito net costs only $10 and is a simple, yet profound way to serve a family who cannot afford to buy one for themselves.
Help us bite back on World Malaria Day 2012!
$10 provides 1 family with an insecticide-treated mosquito net
$30 provides 3 families with an insecticide-treated mosquito net
$50 provides 5 families with an insecticide-treated mosquito net
To give, click donate now and select “mosquito nets” from the drop-down menu. Thank you.