If you’re going to get a book, why not make a difference at the same time?
For the last 30 years the united front of Rotary Clubs around the world has been the eradication of Polio. As this goal has nearly been accomplished, the international body of Rotary Clubs is transitioning to the next global cause- ending malaria.
Over a million people die each year from this preventable disease, the vast majority of which are children under the age of 5. Despite the fact that malaria is both preventable and treatable, as proven by it’s elimination in Europe and North America where it was once prevalent, it still thrives in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Synergy. That’s why. Malaria is getting attention around the world, both by the organizations working to support the cause (including two power houses- Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) as well as local governments in the areas where the disease is prevalent. While it may be tempting to say “Oh malaria has enough attention already, it doesn’t need my support,” I offer the thought that it hasn’t had enough attention until it’s gone, and the hotter we can get these flames of the fight to burn, the more swift and ruthless can be the overthrow of this unnecessary disease.
While insecticide treated mosquito nets won’t end Malaria, they do save lives, so we want to get them out to the communities that don’t have them.
When I returned stateside from my study abroad in East Africa, they sent me home with an anti-malarial pill in my pocket. My point- malaria is easily treatable once contracted, so the more resources we have to spread the reach of the medicine, the more lives are saved.
To eradicate Malaria completely what is needed is research and what research needs is funding. Once Malaria is in a host it stays with them for 10 years, then mosquitos carry it from one host to the next, many of which won’t be able to fight it off. What’s needed to stop the cycle is testing methods, inoculations, and single-dose treatments.
Rotary is a world-wide philanthropic networking organization made up of 1.2 million business people, community leaders, neighbors and friends who work together not only to raise money but to develop and implement strategies for solving world problems. What makes Rotary powerful is not just its members and the money it raises, but it’s orientation around networking. After all, it’s not what you know…it’s who you know. The symbiotic relationships Rotarians have developed (and continue to) in their communities and around the world extends their reach far beyond their 1.2 million members and gives them powerful allies positioned to make things happen. Based on their track record and their strategic approach, I’m confident they can make our support make a difference.
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Because I want my work to be accessible to everyone, it’s my offering to you for whatever gift you want to give, with a suggested amount of $16. This supports my ability to keep writing as well as covering printing costs. Every penny over that amount goes directly to Rotarians Against Malaria.
Tiny decisions. Simple revisions.