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April 25 is Malaria Awareness Day

What if you could save a child's life just by skipping lunch for one day?

April 25 is World Malaria Day. Through worship and other action, United Methodists can join others and use the day to educate the public about a disease that kills one child in Africa every 30 seconds.

Here are some ideas for observing World Malaria Day:

Adopt Nothing But Nets as a mission project of your church, and begin your education and fund-raising.

Host an early morning or noon worship service with a focus on malaria. Use this Malaria Awareness Day Litany.

Encourage church members to skip lunch and donate the money saved to the Nothing But Nets campaign - - to purchase mosquito bed nets for children in Africa. A $10 contribution will pay for an insecticide-treated bed net, get it to a family in Africa and teachthem how to use it properly.

Sponsor a Friday evening "nets-related" activity or another fund-raiser for children, youth and/or families, and use money raised to purchase nets.

Sleeping under an insecticide-treated bed net can protect a child from mosquitoes at night - the time when most transmissions occur. Providing a bed net is a simple and inexpensive way to prevent malaria. Give a child the opportunity to be healthy. Pray. Communicate the need. Buy a bed net. And save a life.