SEATTLE — Funded by 21st Century Fox, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s and ExxonMobil’s Malaria No More aims to make the world a place where “no one dies from a mosquito bite.”
Malaria No More was founded in 2006 during the White House event that established the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative. The organization seeks to gain political commitment and funding to end the fight against malaria. Constantly working with old and new partners, Malaria No More identifies and creates methods to further worldwide progress against this deadly disease.
Along with gaining the support and mobilization of political and business entities, Malaria No More also benefits from the advocacy of numerous celebrities, including actor Chris Pratt. Back in 2012, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star took part in a comedy series called Malarious, which is a joint product by Malaria No More and CollegeHumor.
Malarious features different celebrities in each of its video and along with Pratt, the celebrities that took part in the series include Elizabeth Banks, Ed Helms, Ellie Kemper, Brooklyn Decker and Aubrey Plaza among others. A donation of one dollar allows anyone to watch these videos.
“Malarious is quite simply one of the coolest things we’ve ever done. It sits at the intersection of talent, production and technology,” said the president of original content at CollegeHumor Media, Sam Reich.
“Malaria No More has been a great partner, and it’s moving to see so many stars come out to do crazy things for this cause.”
In addition to Malarious, Malaria No More has created other campaigns in the organization’s efforts to eliminate the disease. The Power of One campaign utilizes the latest e-commerce technologies to mobilize people worldwide to close malaria testing and treatment gaps in Africa. With the donation of just one dollar, anyone can help support the lifesaving treatment of a child with malaria.
According to Malaria No More’s website, 21 countries are on track to eliminate malaria by the year 2020. With the global support that the organization receives from businesses, political allies and celebrities like Chris Pratt, hopefully many more countries will be able to end their fight against malaria.
– Blake Chambers