A rally to help end the spread of malaria was held on the steps of the Texas State Capitol Sunday.
Hundreds turned out to hear music and become educated on the deadly disease spread by mosquitoes. The event was organized by the United Methodist Church. Members have committed $75m to stop the disease in Africa over the next five years.
"The world we live in is pretty uneven. We have a lot of privilege here in the United States and we don't have to worry about getting malaria. But there are families in Africa, when they have a child, they don't have any guarantees that that child is going to live a long, healthy sustained life," said Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the United Methodist Church.
Events similar to the one held in Austin were held around the world on Sunday, as part of World Malaria Day.