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Mosquito Squad Attends the Malaria No More International Honors

At Mosquito Squad, we provide our customers with effective mosquito control, but we also believe it’s important to educate and fight against dangerous vector-borne diseases. Our desire to help led us to our partnership with Malaria No More, a non-profit organization whose mission is to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.

Mosquito Squad Brand strategist Larry Spada, marketing manager Karin Harrison, Mosquito Squad of Nashville owner Patrick McKennon, Malaria No More Peter Chernin and Mosquito Squad support member Adam Shew and the 2012 International Honors. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision for Malaria No More/AP Images)

Last week, Malaria No More had their 2012 International Honors dinner in New York City. We were fortunate enough to be involved too! Three members of our support team and one of our franchisees, Patrick McKennon, who provides mosquito control in Nashville, were invited to help honor one of MNM founders, Peter Chernin.

Emceed by Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers, the night honored Chernin for his efforts and contributions in the fight against malaria. Malaria is both a preventable and treatable disease that is rampant in parts of Africa. A child dies every minute due to the mosquito transmitted illness. MNM raises money to stop the spread of malaria by giving bed nets for families. They also have teams on the ground in Africa delivering treatment at clinics.

As Chernin explains: “Ending deaths from malaria represents an unprecedented opportunity to effect global change. The world has made a tremendous impact in just six years, reducing malaria deaths by one-third in Africa by driving funding, attention and education needed to stamp out this disease.”

Chernin and McKennon (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision for Malaria No More/AP Images)

A highlight of the trip was seeing Mosquito Squad of Nashville’s Patrick McKennon present a check to the organization for $11,000. The Mosquito Squad – Malaria No More relationship is one that he takes incredibly seriously and he was able to raise the money through contributions from his clients as well as personal funds. We at the corporate office are so happy and proud to see his commitment to Malaria No More.

In addition to Chernin and Meyers speaking at the event, NBC Smash star Katharine McPhee recounted her trip to Africa with Malaria No More and what it meant to her.

If you are interested in helping fight malaria, visit SwatMalaria.net to donate.

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Cellphones help to fight malaria?

No. I’m not talking about mosquito repelling phone apps here. Researchers in Kenya are using cell phone data from millions of cell phone users to track the prevalence of mosquitoes in certain areas:  “That data was used to track where people traveled. The researchers then superimposed maps of population density and the rate of infection of malaria. The prevalence of the number of people infected with the disease combined with the travel data was then used to establish a per-day probability that a person would be infected if they visited a specific location.” Source.

Researchers were able to see why there were rises in malaria cases where mosquitoes aren’t common. It was because people were traveling to areas where mosquitoes carrying malaria were very common. After being bitten, those people returned home, carrying malaria with them. With this data, travelers are more informed on their personal health safety when it comes to this preventable, but deadly disease.

Although this study was first used to study malaria, researchers are already looking at other ways to use it, including tracking Dengue fever which is prominent in many tropical locations. They actually believe that Dengue will be easier to track because it’s more common in urban areas where there are more cellphone towers, which means more human movement data. Malaria, on the other hand, is more prevalent in rural areas.

Help Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad get rid of Malaria

Help Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad get rid of Malaria

At Mosquito Squad, we are interested to see more from this study. It could help people protect themselves properly before traveling to places where their probability of being infected with malaria is high resulting in more people getting sick.

Malaria, as I mentioned is preventable, yet it kills a child in Africa every minute. We’re proud supporters of Malaria No More whose goal is to end all malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. They’re making great strides towards their goal by providing protective bed nets to families. One ten dollar bed net has the ability to protect a mother and two small children while they sleep at night.

To donate to Malaria No More, please visit SwatMalaria.net.

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Helping Minimize Malaria Deaths in Africa – You can help

Dread Skeeter from Mosquito Squad helping Malaria No More

Dread Skeeter from Mosquito Squad helping Malaria No More

A few years ago, Mosquito Squad joined Malaria No More in its goal toward near zero malaria deaths in in Africa by 2015 and we are happy to continue our support.

Malaria is rampant in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, killing a child nearly every minute, yet it is both preventable and treatable. Malaria No More helps fight the growth of malaria by helping to provide protective bed nets at $10 apiece.

At Mosquito Squad, we have committed more than $50,000 to the effort and encourage our nearly 100 franchisees to provide information and ways to donate to their customers. “We are so fortunate that parents in our country don’t worry about the possibility of their children contracting malaria,” says Scott Zide, president of Outdoor Living Brands, Mosquito Squad’s parent company. “We can’t think of a better organization that fits with our values and our corporate goals of making our world a better, safer place to live, not only in backyards across America but in the villages of Africa as well.”

Take a look at the video below and donate to Malaria No More at SwatMalaria.net.

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