04/25/2012 09:43 am ET | Updated Apr 25, 2012

World Malaria Day: 5 Ways To Help Fight The Disease

In the time it takes for a malaria-infected mosquito to bite, you could do your part to end the spread of this deadly, but preventable, disease.

Every 30 seconds, an African child succumbs to malaria and more than 80 percent of the world's malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the President's Malaria Iniative.

World Malaria Day 2012 presents the opportunity to raise awareness and take action to help reduce the number of malaria-related fatalities.

This year's theme, "Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest In Malaria" responds to the shrinking number of malaria cases in the world, but points out the continued need for fighting the disease.

"Whether the malaria map will keep shrinking, as it has in the past decade, or be reclaimed by the malaria parasites," the Roll Back Malaria Campaign said in a release "depends, to a great extent, on the resources that will be invested in control efforts over the next years."

To do your part in helping to wipe out malaria, consider getting involved in the organizations that are at the forefront of the fight.