Here are 3 staggering statistics:
- According to the World Health Organization, about 3.3 billion people — half of the world’s population — are at risk of malaria, which is spread by mosquitoes.
- Malaria kills one child in Africa every 45 seconds.
- Malaria was eradicated in the United States in 1951.
How can this be? How is it that one country was able to eradicate the disease over a half a century ago but Malaria is gobbling up children at more than one per minute in Africa? This doesn’t even seem possible. From where we sit in our comfortable chairs making our Thanksgiving shopping lists and looking for where we can save so many cents/pound on turkey for Thanksgiving, grand goals like world peace and saving dying children in Africa don’t seem like the thing we can solve. Or at least, we can’t solve them very easily. Many people have dedicated their lives to these causes. Those people live, eat and breathe these causes and yet they still remain problems that seem like they will never be solved.