To mark the 14th day of our Advent Calendar we will be making a donation of £100 to the charity Malaria No More. This is enough to buy 20 mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease.
Did you know? Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world. Far deadlier than the animals people tend to be scared of like sharks, snakes and lions – even deadlier than humans. Why? Because mosquitoes transmit diseases like dengue fever, Zika, yellow fever, encephalitis – and malaria, the deadliest of them all.
It’s the greatest killer disease in human history – but we can do something about it. We have the tools to fight it!
The culprits aren’t particularly ferocious or terrifying. In fact, you need a microscope to even see them. But tiny malaria parasites, transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes, are thought to have killed half the number of people that have ever lived. Pretty scary, isn’t it?
Malaria’s vice-like grip on the continent of Africa, where almost 90% of malaria deaths occur, makes it one of the greatest causes of poverty in the world. And yet, it costs just £1, less than the price of your morning coffee, to save the life of a child with malaria.