In a TEDtalks video posted in 2009 (and included below) Bill Gates speaks to the importance of education and battle against malaria. In his talk, Gates generates laughter as he points out the startling divide between the have and have not countries in terms of medical investment by drawing a parallel between male pattern baldness, and yes, malaria. In this obnoxious comparison, Gates quickly and non-threateningly points out our need to stop the spread of malaria by seeing it for what it is: A dangerous disease that still affects a large number of people around the world.
To reiterate this point, Gates states: “Over 200 million people at any one time are suffering from [malaria]. It means that you can”t get the economies in these areas going because [the disease] just holds things back so much.” And, if history shows us anything – you need to have a wealthy economy to invest in medical treatments and the eradication of diseases. So, it seems we”re at a stalemate.
But, we don’t have to be. That”s where MST picks up: We know and see the value of education in the battle against malaria. A powerful tool that even Gates highlights in his talk. To be part of the solution, we need to understand the problem and grapple with ways to deal with it. Watch Gates’ video, and contact us today to become part of the team dedicated to stamping out malaria – one mosquito at a time.
We knew MST would have a huge impact in raising both awareness of and funds for the fight against malaria. Finding effective partnerships, such as the one we’ve formed with Spread the Net, will ensure that we can work together to do the most good.
Interested in STN, check out what Rick Mercer has to say:
“Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.” It’s true, isn’t it? Have you ever been camping or at the cottage and woken up to bumps and itches galore, all thanks to the presence of one or two tiny pests in your room?
Here in Canada, we”re lucky though, because mosquitoes are just a nuisance. They buzz around our heads and suck our blood, but that’s about it. Unfortunately, that”s not the case for many people, especially our brothers and sisters in sub-Saharan Africa. There, mosquitoes are more than a nuisance. One bite could carry with it a death sentence in the form of a malaria infection.
That’s because countries with the highest incidence of malaria infections, are also countries whose population cannot afford anti-malarial treatments, which means that the malaria goes untreated and often leads to death.
Here’s the really cool thing! There”s something each of us can do to help swat malaria – one mosquito at a time! By hosting a MST event at your school, you will be helping to raise the funds needed to buy bed nets for people in countries like Liberia, Rwanda and Uganda through Spread the Net. That”s right – even from here in Canada you can make a life-saving difference for a family in Africa.
Contact us today to learn more and book a tour and join in the battle to squash out malaria – one mosquito at a time!