Why Bed Nets in the Developing World Are So Vital

Did you know that 91% of all malaria deaths occur in Africa*? Or, that the mosquito that transmits malaria only bites from dusk until dawn? Until there is a viable, clinically-tested vaccine for malaria bed nets are the only saving grace for children whose immune systems are too weak to fight off the deadly disease.

Our partner, Malaria No More, is determined to end malaria in Africa by 2015. That is only a mere three years away.

Malaria killed 655,000 people in 2010*, most of whom were children under the age of 5. These lives can be saved with simple bed nets and education about their importance. There is good news, though. Since 2000 malaria deaths have fallen 26% globally and 33% in Africa*.

When I was in Kenya with ONE last year we visited a hospital in Kisumu, Kenya where we visited a pediatric clinic. There we witnessed parents who sat lovingly with their children who were lying sick in hospital beds terribly ill from malaria. I am certain that some of those children passed from malaria in the days after our visit, just as I am certain some of them lived.

The main point is that malaria is a preventable disease. Even though there is currently no vaccine yet, insecticide treated bed nets along with educational programs can drastically control the disease.

If you would like to get involved with Malaria No More visit them online at http://malarianomore.org/get-involved

*Statistics: Malaria No More: http://malarianomore.org/news/updates/world-malaria-report-2011

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600 Members Strong #socialgoodmoms

I am excited to announce that at less than two months old Mom Bloggers for Social Good is now over 600 members strong.

The greater our membership, the greater our impact in the social media space for our partners.

If you aren’t a current member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good please see how we work and join us if you’d like. And if you’re already a member, thank you for joining us and please help us spread the word about Mom Bloggers for Social Good!

New Partner Announcement – Super Stars Literacy

Education is the key to a better, more fulfilling life. The more you know, the more you grow.

I am thrilled to partner with Super Stars Literacy, a California-based literacy and education program created in 2002 by the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, Inc. (JLOEB), an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Because a child’s early literacy skills are a strong predictor of their later academic achievement, Super Stars Literacy provides at-risk kindergarten through 2nd grade students with daily, after-school literacy instruction which enables them to reach grade-level reading ability by the end of 2nd grade. SSL currently serves 420 students at nine high-poverty East San Francisco Bay Area elementary schools, and is expanding to serve 2500 students per year by 2015.

Watch the Super Stars Literacy Video

New Media Partner Announcement – Latina Bloggers Connect

I am thrilled to announce that Mom Bloggers for Social Good has partnered with Latina Bloggers Connect to further spread the message of our partners to an active, growing, and supportive niche within the mom blogging community. Founded by Ana Flores in 2010, Latina Bloggers Connect  is the oldest brand/blogger network specifically for Latina bloggers.

Working with Latina Bloggers Connect in an organic and authentic way will help us reach a wider audience and spread the message of Mom Bloggers for Social Good’s partners to a more diverse demographic of moms.

A Global Coalition of 3000+ Mom Bloggers Who Care About Global Health and Humanity