Today I picked up an old copy of TIME magazine my mom had sitting around. I flipped it open and the article it opened to was called “The $10 Solution” and was about malaria in Africa. About 2 million kids a year die of malaria in Africa. 2 million! I continued reading the article and their “solution” to the problem just blew me away. They said that a comprehensive malaria prevention program in Africa would cost approximately $4.50 per person. that includes malaria control, nets, medicine, education, etc. $4.5o per person, or approximately $3 billion a year for the entire continent. Here is a quote from the article:
“Let me put the $3 billion in perspective: there are a billion of us in the high-income world–that amounts to $3 a person, or one Starbucks coffee a year. It’s around 12.5% of the estimated $24 billion in Wall Street’s Christmas bonuses. ”
Amazing to think about isn’t it? That we could potentially save 2 million lives. When are we going to make these children’s lives a priority? It makes me sad to think about the $24 billion Wall Street bonuses but I also feel sad when I think about how many “treats” I could give up.
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You can read the TIMES article HERE.