testing for malaria
I bring you much greetings and I am always happy to share with you our stories, our dear friends and partners.
It is the rainy season here in Gulu and the rainy season is always a blessing in many ways, because it means that the farmers will begin to see their crops growing, but for the health team it is a time to brace for the different ailment that the rains bring along. This time around there is also plenty of mangoes, which is good for the children. But we always see the number of diarrhoea case rising because children eat these fruits right from the tree without washing them. The rainy season also brings along a rise in the number of malaria cases. The water puddles that gather around homes provide the right breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In addition to this, with the rains the roads are muddy and wet, but this does not affect the peoples’ spirit to work. The health staffs continue serving the patients that visit the clinics with unwavering hard work.
Many children are brought in with severe malaria. For the health staff they are always on the lookout for these cases because they know how dangerous this can be if a child is not treated immediately. This is what happened to Sheila Anena when she was brought in the clinic on one Monday morning, she could hardly walk. She had a high temperature and was vomiting profusely. Her mother was very worried!. When she was tested for malaria, she was found to be having malaria parasite in her blood. She was given treatment and by the end of the day she was feeling a lot better.
The Karin Clinics see over 80% cases of malaria in children. In the last three months over 906 children tested positive for malaria. For many of these children over 50% of these children are under five years old. Malaria brings a lot of challenges to the family. It means that the child cannot go to school, the mother cannot also work because they have to take care of their sick children.
We are requesting for funds for mosquito nets. We are raising funds to provide 1000 long lasting insecticide treated nets. Please donate generously as your donation will go a long way in preventing malaria and keeping the children healthy and in school.
Our success is due to your untiring support. It is a great partnership and we hope to continue having you by our side.
Sheila and mother