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Help this UN Foundation End Malaria

Malaria is one of the top five causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa, and that's almost even more tragic when you realize how easy it is to prevent. Now the giving season is upon us, and it's the perfect time to donate a malaria net to a person in need — and if you do it through Nothing But Nets, your donation will be tripled.

Changing the World, $10 at a Time

Every two minutes, a child dies of malaria. What's more, a full 50 percent of the world is at risk of contracting the disease. There are pharmaceutical solutions to the problem, but as always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That's why it's so important that people in malaria-stricken areas protect themselves with an insecticidal bed net to keep disease-carrying mosquitos at bay.

Unfortunately, that's just not always possible. In Africa, where the disease runs most rampant, no fewer than 300 million people go to sleep every night without a bed net. And that's where the UN Foundation Nothing But Nets comes in. These long-lasting nets will hold up for years, and each one costs only $10 apiece. That's literally all you need to spend to save a life. And better yet, this holiday season, the organization is taking your donation and multiplying it by three. All the more reason to donate now.

This Solution's Full of Holes (in a Good Way)

It's almost surprising how simple this solution is. Can a net over your bed really do that much to prevent the spread of malaria? In a word, yes. In two words, emphatically yes. In fact, according to Against Malaria, a net is bar-none the most effective method of preventing the disease. That's because mosquitos are most active from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., when their victims are lying helpless.

Even more incredibly, the long-lasting nets have been found to remain as much as 99 percent effective even if they start to tear and develop holes — mosquitos don't beeline for the net's weakness, and they'll give up if they can't immediately find a way through. So when you donate a net to a family in need, you're providing a solution that could last for years to come.

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Written by Reuben Westmaas November 15, 2017