Today I've got a story about an amazing effort to save peoples' lives through regular reminders. Nightwatch's goal is to ensure that people in malaria-endemic areas develop the essential habit of sleeping under a mosquito bednet, every night.
April 25 is World Malaria Day. It is a time to celebrate the progress made in the fight against this disease, but it also time to renew our commitment to eradicating the killer of at least 650,000 people worldwide in 2010.
How do you scale a social enterprise in a sustainable manner? The unlikely answer to the question is found in Girl Scout cookies, or more specifically, in the scaling strategy used by Girl Scouts nationwide to sell over 200 million boxes annually and generate over $700 million.
I was recently asked the question of why Africa has one of the highest rates of malaria-related deaths. That is when I realized sometimes I take for granted the education I have received through my work in Uganda.
This year I'm rethinking my holiday shopping list. I recently traveled to the Central African Republic, where the UN has identified an urgent need for mosquito nets. My experience was life-changing, and the people from my trip are always on my mind.
Malaria isn't trendy, it isn't sexy, and it isn't on the cover of every magazine this week. But, in comparison with even the most villainous vampire in the "Twilight Saga", malaria wins one contest: it's definitely scarier.
Societies with the resources sufficient to create sound public health systems can survive and thrive. Societies lacking those resources risk catastrophic assaults on health, which can result in their total annihilation.