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.SLIDESHOW:
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria gives grants that support cost-effective solutions to prevent, treat and support people living with these diseases. To donate to the Global Fund, click here.
Malaria No More is working to bring the number of malaria-caused deaths in Africa to 'near zero' by 2015. The organization has a number innovative programs, including using cell phones to track documented malaria cases in remote villages in Botswana. To get involved with Malaria No More, click here.
One of the the most effective ways to prevent contracting malaria is using a bed net. Nothing But Nets offers up these life-saving devices and launched its mission after a Sports Illustrated column challenged people from all walks of life to give $10 -- enough to purchase a bed net for someone in Africa. To get involved with Nothing But Nets, click here.
Working with churches and trusted institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, Nets For Life provides life-saving nets as a shield against malaria-carrying mosquitos and also addresses stigmas in the communities where they work. To get involved with Nets For Life, click here.
Roll Back Malaria advocates for the universal coverage of antibiotics and urges governments and political systems to provide relief and prevention programs. To get involved with Roll Back Malaria, click here.