I'm a bit late getting this post up today as there are a lot of last minute preparations for sending MasterShoestring to the USA later on today to do a week's work experience with USAShoestring !
I've just woken up after a lovely sleep and that reminded me how fortunate we are in this country not to have to think about malaria anymore ! I was doing some research a few months ago and discovered that right up until the 1920s in East Anglia people were being prescribed opium to cope with the repeated infections of the disease. I can't imagine what that must have been like and awful it must have been to see your children die of the illness.
Nowadays a mosquito net goes a long way towards preventing this illness, especially in young children.
You can find out more about this excellent cause by looking at www.malarianomore.org.uk . They make a good economic case for nets as well by explaining how healthier people generate more money for the country which in turn means that they can afford more nets which means even more healthy people, a virtuous circle !