Helfrich: This World Malaria Day, Help South Sudanese Refugees Sleep Safely
Submitted by Chris Helfrich on April 26, 2012
This World Malaria Day, the eyes of the world are on South Sudan. More than 130,000 people—and counting—from the world’s newest nation have fled their homes to escape the violence on the border with Sudan. These refugees have evaded one deadly threat. But they face another in the camps they now call home: malaria.
The disease, spread by a single mosquito bite, is the leading killer of children in South Sudan. Yet there is a simple, efficient, cost-effective tool to silence the buzz of a malarial mosquito. Just $10 buys an insecticide-treated bed net that protects a family of four as they sleep.
That’s why the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign is focused on delivering 100,000 life-saving bed nets to refugees in South Sudan for World Malaria Day.