It can be hard to feel like donations you give benefit those you would like who are most in need. At a time where it is easy to feel helpless to improve the lives of those around you, rest assured your donations really do make a difference. Malaria is the leading cause of mortality for children under age 5. However, a malaria mosquito net is a low cost solution to protect sleeping children against the deadly mosquito bites that carry the parasite that causes the disease. Working with school children or though clinics where people on the ground can participate and help spread malaria nets with combined education. $10 can help protect these children and save a life!
In 2021, almost half of the world's population was at risk of malaria. 247 million people suffered from malaria with 619,000 deaths. More than 95% of these deaths were in Africa. In Uganda, specifically, they may have more than 150,000 cases per week. Over the past two years the number of malaria cases has risen indicating some lost ground in our battle against this deadly disease!
It is easy to get lost in facts and figures. What does this mean for the Ugandan children and students in Katulikire? It means that these children are high risk for malaria infection. Unfortunately, the best measures of prevention remain long lasting ITN's and avoiding standing water, etc. The distribution of nets, which largely is occurring through the health center, helps with prevention of infection. Hopefully, one day there will be a vaccine. However, until this time students miss school, parents miss days working with crops, and the most vulnerable end up hospitalized with the disease. The need for LLITN's is growing. We thank you for your support.
As our children head back to school after the Holidays, children throughout the world are doing the same. Just as flu and cold season is upon us, malaria season is upon our friends in Uganda. Malaria, hopefully, will be well treated and prevented with some of the technology from which we benefit. However, until then we must continue to prevent the disease through spreading insecticide treated malaria nets. And when, inevitably, some of the users still get malaria, we must provide supportive treatment at the local health center/hospital. We have currently focused our efforts on the nurses at Katulikire Health Center. They are the primary providers in this rural area. They serve their community on the front lines. It is important that they have safe housing for themselves. Such housing enables them to educate, provide preventive measures, and treatment when the need arises. We thank you for supporting them to prevent and treat malaria.
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