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Holiday Cards That Save Lives Available for Purchase From Malaria No More

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 General News J E 4
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NEW YORK, Nov. 26 Malaria No More today debutedits first-ever series of holiday cards, the purchase of which will buyinsecticide-treated bed nets to protect families from malaria. The cards areavailable as an e-card for $10 (the cost of providing a bed net to a family inAfrica) or in the traditional form for $13.20 (the bed net plus card anddelivery costs) at www.MalariaNoMore.org.

Every 30 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria. Over one millionpeople are killed by the disease every year, and a staggering 350 million to500 million people are infected worldwide. Yet, malaria is a 100% preventableand treatable disease.

Bed nets are a critical yet simple way to stop the spread of malaria,which is transmitted by mosquito bites. Bed nets are suspended around beds toprovide a protective barrier at night when the vast majority of malariainfections occur.

Every holiday card purchased includes a donation of $10, which buys a bednet, delivers it to a family in need, and educates them on how to use itproperly. A single bed net sleeps 2-3 people and protects them for up to fiveyears.

The holiday cards present compelling photographs of African children andmothers from Tanzania and Madagascar, two malaria-endemic countries. Thenetting is visible in each picture, whether serving as a colorful backgroundor as part of the shot itself, as in the one photo featuring a smiling girlpeeking from behind her bed net.

Cards are available for a wide assortment of celebrations includingChristmas, Hanukkah, and New Years, as well as for birthdays and other specialoccasions. E-cards are also available, with the added feature that they may bepurchased in honor of a friend or loved one. All cards can be customized andpurchased at www.MalariaNoMore.org.

ABOUT MALARIA NO MORE:

Malaria No More's mission is simple: to end deaths due to malaria. Theworld has known how to beat this disease for more than a century, yet itclaims more than 1 million lives each year. Malaria No More works to raise theprofile of the disease among the public, policymakers, and businesses, whileengaging the private sector to provide life-saving bed nets and other criticalinterventions to families in Africa.

For more information on Malaria No More, please visitwww.MalariaNoMore.org.

SOURCE Malaria No More
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