Malaria isn’t even on the radar screen of most people in the US, but it is a huge global problem! Did you know that a child dies from malaria in Africa every 30 seconds? That is seven jumbo jets of children everyday. A powerful video has been produced by the Against Malaria organization.

Malaria is spread through mosquitoes that bite at night and can’t be spread person to person without a mosquito vector. This means using bed nets is an effective way to prevent the spread of malaria. Using bed nets is something that can be used right now while scientists continue to work on other methods (like vaccines, GM mosquitoes, better treatment options…)

A team of us at the Science Museum of Minnesota is developing an exhibition about infectious diseases called Disease Detectives which will open in the Human Body Gallery in January 2008. We feel stopping the spread of malaria is very important and have started our own page to encourage others to help too by donating funds for the purchase of bed nets. Each bed net costs only $5 and 100% of the money goes to purchase bed nets. For more information go to

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is very helpful

posted on Mon, 04/02/2007 - 12:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You can also help by contributing to Nothing But Nets,
being sponsored by NBA, Sports Illustrated and the United Methodist Church and funds are being matched by Bill and Melinda Gates!

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 11:26am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Michigan State University is encouraging students to participate in Nothing But Nets.

posted on Mon, 03/24/2008 - 12:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This was very interesting! Thank you. I never knew!

posted on Fri, 12/28/2007 - 10:49am
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anomanous says:

This is so cool on learning stuff.

posted on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 12:01pm
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bakadesu says:

This has been a very valuable and interesting time we currently have. Thanks for the exhibit and thanks for the info.

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 8:47am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this was one of the most interesting things i have ever seen and it is way better than being in school

posted on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 11:27am
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Liza says:

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine has found that pregnant women who live in areas where malaria is endemic and sleep under insecticide treated bed nets are 1/3 less likely to suffer miscarriages or stillbirths. And the number of low birth weight babies was reduced by about 25%.

Malaria kills about a million people a year; 90% of them are in Africa, and most of them are children.

Even though insecticide treated bednets have a huge impact on the health of young children and pregnant women, and even though they only cost $4-5, they're too expensive for many families to buy.

You can buy/donate bed nets through the Against Malaria website.

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 4:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

amazing!! wow, this is wierd but cool?

posted on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 10:21am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Pfcrmp may play a key role in Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance

posted on Fri, 07/27/2007 - 2:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

`it's amazing that something so simple and inexpensive can prevent a potentially fatal disease.

posted on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 11:54am
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rosalind russell says:

hello, my name is rosie. i apppreciate how much you are doing for us..this is a fantastic experience! it's relly great to know that u will be holding science exipbits and making the world a better plce to live in

posted on Tue, 10/09/2007 - 9:50am
Resa's picture
Resa says:

Resa says, "It's important that people learn as much as they can about Science of medical issues. That way they can be properly informed before they vote.

posted on Sun, 11/04/2007 - 11:08am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

In what parts of the United States can mosquitoes with Malaria be found? in what seasons of the year?

posted on Sat, 01/19/2008 - 3:13pm
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Laurie says:

For the most part malaria is no longer found in the United States. Most people diagnosed here have recently been traveling in malaria endemic regions of the world. And a handful of cases by people living near international airports. Malaria is a major problem in other parts of the world.Malaria in the Western Hemisphere
Malaria in the Western HemisphereCourtesy CDC
Malaria in the Eastern Hemisphere
Malaria in the Eastern HemisphereCourtesy CDC

posted on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 9:46am

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