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Bill Gates Donates $750 Million to Help Fight Malaria

Last week, Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates pledged $750 million (yes, you heard that correctly, $750 million) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The fund had to cancel over $1 billion of spending last year that would have gone to expanding programs fighting the diseases. Gates explained “These are tough economic times, but that is no excuse for cutting aid to the world’s poorest” – source.

The Global Fund was created in 2002 “to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world’s most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need,” source. In the case of malaria, the Global Fund has helped to provide over 230 million mosquito nets to protect against infection. 230 million malaria drug treatments have also been send to Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia where the spread of malaria is most prevalent.

Dread Skeeter from Mosquito Squad helping Malaria No More

Dread Skeeter from Mosquito Squad helping Malaria No More

We’re happy to see that a big name like Bill Gates is bringing more attention to something that is dear to our heart: fighting malaria. What a lot of people don’t know is that malaria was common in the United States until the 1940s when National Malaria Eradication Program addressed the growing problem. The program included “drainage, removal of mosquito breeding sites and spraying of insecticides.” – source.

Malaria is both preventable and treatable, yet it still takes a life every minute. Every minute! To do our part, Mosquito Squad has partnered with Malaria No More in their quest to end malaria deaths by 2015. If you are interested in donating, please visit SwatMalaria.net.

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Bill Gates’ Dramatic Demonstration

At the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference in February, Bill Gates took the stage in an effort to prevent malaria.

As shown in this Youtube video, Gates unleashed a swarm of mosquitoes supposedly infected with malaria. He waited a few moments before revealing they did not actually have malaria.

Since retiring as head of Microsoft in 2008, Gates has spent millions fighting malaria through his foundation.

While malaria is not a threat in the United States, you can protect yourself from diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease by using Mosquito Squad. Its eco-friendly spray will protect you and your family from harm all year long.

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