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Is Malaria a Problem?

So, What’s the Problem with Malaria?

There were an estimated 655,000 malaria deaths in 2010. Approximately 86% of malaria deaths globally were of children under 5 years of age.

There were an estimated 216 million episodes of malaria in 2010. Approximately 81%, or 174 million (113–239 million) cases, were in the African Region, with the South-East Asian Region accounting for another 13%.

ƒMalaria can kill within 24 hours of symptom onset. Cited from Medicines for Malaria Venture.

What is Malaria?

“Malaria is caused by a parasite that is passed from one human to another by the bite of infected Anopheles mosquitoes. After infection, the parasites (called sporozoites) travel through the bloodstream to the liver, where they mature and release another form, the merozoites. The parasites enter the bloodstream and infect red blood cells.

The parasites multiply inside the red blood cells, which then break open within 48 to 72 hours, infecting more red blood cells. The first symptoms usually occur 10 days to 4 weeks after infection, though they can appear as early as 8 days or as long as a year after infection. The symptoms occur in cycles of 48 to 72 hours.” Cited from U.S. National Library of Medicine.

How Can We End This?

Mosquito Nets

Education

Early Diagnostic and Treatment

Vaccines

Contact Your Government Leaders

Join Malaria No More or World Vision’s End Malaria to help end Malaria.

More Fast Facts

– Malaria is preventable and treatable.

– Every minute, a child dies of malaria.

– Malaria costs Africa $12 billion annually.

– In Africa, 40% of health resources are used to treat malaria

Buy a Mosquito Net Today and Help End Malaria!

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Child Sponsorship with World Vision

Nataly Landaverde is an Olympian. She represents El Salvador in the women’s 1500 meters track and field event in London. What most people do not know, is that Nataly Landaverde was once a child sponsored through World Vision.

What is Child Sponsorship? For about $1 a day, you’ll provide children in need with access to life-saving basics.

The Benefits of Child Sponsorship: The child will receive Clean water, Nutritious food, Healthcare, Education, and much more.

How It Works:

  • Choose a girl or boy to sponsor. In 10 days you’ll receive your Welcome Kit with a photo, sponsorship DVD and more.
  • In 6 to 12 weeks be looking in the mail for your first letter from your sponsored child.
  • Sponsorship fosters sustainability. World Vision plans and works alongside community members to help build healthy communities for children.

I have been sponsoring a child through World Vision for several years now. It doesn’t take much, just a dollar a day. With one dollar a day, you a change a child’s life forever. One of my favorite things about sponsoring my child is writing letters. Several times a year I send letters/drawings, but the best part is receiving them. It is great to keep in touch with the child you sponsor. Not only are you helping them out with basic necessities, but you are building a relationship that will last a lifetime. Just like someone did for Nataly, you can help make a difference in a child’s life! Continue reading

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Hunger at home: Five surprising facts on child hunger in America

Written by Lindsey Minerva, the Managing Editor at World Vision.
Re-blogged from the World Vision Blog.

“Recently, a woman approached me and asked if I could spare change for a meal. Without thinking, I said, “I’m sorry, I don’t have any money.”

My cheeks automatically flushed with embarrassment, and my heart sank. I had meant to say I didn’t have cash to give her. It was completely obvious that a lack of money wasn’t something I was dealing with.

It was my birthday. I had spent the day exploring downtown Seattle and shopping with my friends. We were just leaving a restaurant, shopping bags in hand, when the woman approached.

Walking back to our car, I was ashamed at the thoughtlessness of my comment. But the uncomfortable pit in my stomach wasn’t just that. I was faced with this woman’s needs. It hurt to see her lacking something she needed. I felt guilty for what I had. The sadness of the moment lingered with me.

The truth is, hunger is all around us — even right here in the United States — and it affects more people than we would like to believe. This woman made her need obvious to me. But hunger is often invisible. When we don’t want to see it, hunger’s power to harm people only grows.

One of the saddest realities of hunger is that the people most vulnerable to its harmful effects are children. Growing and developing without proper nutrition can impact a child for life. Many people believe that American children are immune to hunger because of school feeding programs.

But the reality is a much bleaker picture. Here are five facts on children facing hunger in America.”

  • 16.4 million, or 22 percent of children in the United States lived in poverty in 2010.
  • Research indicates that hungry children do more poorly in school and have lower academic achievement because they are not well prepared for school and cannot concentrate.
  • In 2010, 20.6 million low-income children received free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. Unfortunately, just 2.3 million (or 11.2 percent) of these same income-eligible children participated in the Summer Food Service Program.
  • According to the USDA, over 16 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2010.
  • In 2009, the top states with the highest rate of food-insecure children under 18 are Oregon, Arizona, Arkansas, and Texas, as well as the District of Columbia.

“It’s easy to feel anger, place blame, or rationalize ignoring someone than it is to face the sadness of seeing hungry people in our neighborhoods right here in the United States. Jesus does not ask us to question how people got where they are, tell them what they need to do with their lives, or pretend the problem doesn’t exist. He says to feed them.

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. —1 John 3:17-18 (NIV)

When we choose to ignore hunger, its power to harm only grows, and children are some of the most vulnerable victims, even here in the United States.”

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if you had just one dollar

To learn more about World Vision, click here. For more information regarding World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, click here.

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Project 7: Projects for Good

Greed. Pride. Gluttony. These are just a few of the notorious seven deadly sins. But what if we turned those seven sins upside down? Project 7 does just that. For example, “instead of focusing on a person who is gluttonous, focus on helping the person who has nothing to eat.” Project 7 accomplishes their goal to make a positive difference through seven different global needs. Heal the Sick. Save the Earth. House the Homeless. Feed the Hungry. Quench the Thirsty. Teach Them Well. And Hope for Peace. There are three ways Project 7 accomplishes these global needs:

1. Funding: “You buy. We give.” Their intension is not for you to buy more stuff, just change what you buy. Project 7 offers their products online and at several retail locations. Their products include: water, coffee, t-shirts, mints, and gum.

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World Vision

Have you ever considered sponsoring a child? In other words, have you ever considered caring for a child you do not know and probably never will, but needs a roof over its head, food in its stomach and some unconditional love? With a simple donation every month, you can help provide comfort to a child and his/her village through a number of non-profit organizations.

World Vision is one of the largest and most respected “Christian humanitarian organizations dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.” One of the many ways World Vision serves is through child sponsorships, which give a child a gift of hope and help restore their communities.

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