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Sponsored by: The Child Health Site

It's hard to believe that something as simple as a mosquito bite has caused the death of over 1.5 million people in 2008 and 2009, combined. Yet, each year, millions of people—especially those living in sub-Saharan Africa—contract malaria, the aggressive parasitic disease transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. The World Health Organization reports that a child dies from malaria every 30 seconds. It's a shocking statistic, especially when taken into account malaria is treatable. Unfortunately, half the world's population is at risk of contracting the disease, and far too many of them—over 700,000 people in 2008 alone—are killed by it yearly.

Steps have been made to battle the spread of the disease in those parts of the world where it is most prevalent. Aid groups distribute insecticidal nets to keep mosquitoes away from people at night and even fumigate people's homes. These efforts have no doubt alleviated the issue in some ways, but they ultimately don't address the root of the problem, nor do they protect the citizens of these countries once they step outside their homes.

If researchers are to succeed in stopping the spread of malaria, they need the support of health organizations and the governments of the world.

Tell President Obama to lend more support to the cause of preventing, treating, and curing malaria—a goal that, if realized, would save the lives of millions.

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Dear President Obama,

In 2006, there were 247 million cases of malaria reported—infections that caused nearly one million deaths, many of them young children in Africa whose immune systems were not well-equipped to handle aggressive infections. In the years since, the number has dropped thanks to the immense efforts of aid and health organizations.

However, millions of people are still affected by this disease each year, which means the efforts toward eradicating it must only intensify.

Please increase your efforts to bring the scourge of malaria in the developing world to an end. Give everyone at risk the chance not only to survive, but also to thrive, free of the fear their lives may be cut short by something as tiny as a mosquito bite.

Sincerely,

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Sep 17, 2014 Ilinka Ilic
Sep 17, 2014 Judy Krach
Sep 17, 2014 Mariah Gonzales
Sep 17, 2014 Diana Moon
Sep 17, 2014 Liz Hamilton Please preserve the lives of so many with a malaria vaccine
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Sep 16, 2014 catherine martell
Sep 16, 2014 Louise Savard
Sep 16, 2014 Mary Ruth Thurmond
Sep 16, 2014 Emily Trump
Sep 16, 2014 Anne Lise
Sep 16, 2014 Randi Perkins
Sep 16, 2014 Pamela Buckardt
Sep 16, 2014 Barbara Ehemann
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Sep 16, 2014 Glory Urbina
Sep 16, 2014 Kim Neff
Sep 15, 2014 Gail Runnels
Sep 13, 2014 Maria Simao
Sep 12, 2014 Dana Myers
Sep 11, 2014 kaitlin kennedy
Sep 9, 2014 Patricia Kellen
Sep 5, 2014 Dianna Guillory
Sep 4, 2014 Kimberly Myhre
Sep 4, 2014 Jennifer Wellington
Sep 4, 2014 Elizabeth Stewart
Sep 2, 2014 Chelsea Rivera
Aug 30, 2014 Amy Herren
Aug 29, 2014 Greatest Ever
Aug 29, 2014 Lorna Davies
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Aug 28, 2014 Darlene Ross
Aug 26, 2014 Melissa Johnson
Aug 26, 2014 Jacqueline Underwood-Hall How can we not offer more help to these people who are defenceless in protecting their children. Shame on the entire western world for not caring enough.
Aug 26, 2014 Sharon Casey We can eradicate malaria, with your support. Thank you
Aug 25, 2014 maria manuela lopes
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Aug 23, 2014 Marie Sillery
Aug 23, 2014 Sybil Murray
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Aug 22, 2014 Rebecca Cheek
Aug 22, 2014 debbie mason
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Aug 15, 2014 EDITH LOBROT
Aug 15, 2014 Nikos Nizamis
Aug 14, 2014 robin karlsson
Aug 10, 2014 Diana Zaviera
Aug 7, 2014 Kelly Brauer
Aug 7, 2014 H Steinberg
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