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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 30, 2014 James McQuillan Start using DDT. DDT never caused any deaths but the doing away with it on the basis of an unsubstiantiatrd book is unconscionable.
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Sep 28, 2014 Lani Porter When one child dies every 30 seconds from malaria it is horrifying. Please increase your efforts to stop malaria. There are ways to limit this already but research can find a way to stop it. Please don't stop!
Sep 28, 2014 Deborah Durante
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