Malaria

Number 5, folks: Malaria is preventable and curable. It is heart-breaking to think that anyone–ANYONE–should die such an unnecessary death. Can we get involved? Can we do anything to change the trend?

We can…

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The topic for this month is: Malaria.  Here are some facts and stats from the World Health Organization:

1. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. 

2. According to the latest estimates, released in December 2013, there were about 207 million cases of malaria in 2012 (with an uncertainty range of 135 million to 287 million) and an estimated 627 000 deaths (with an uncertainty range of 473 000 to 789 000).

3. Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria.

4. Most deaths occur among children living in Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria.

5. Malaria is preventable and curable

6.  Early diagnosis and treatment of malaria reduces disease and prevents deaths. It also contributes to reducing malaria transmission. Access to diagnostic testing and treatment should be seen not only as a component…

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2 Responses to Malaria

  1. davecwade says:

    A very personal appeal to all malaria medical researcher – Semmi. Hurry up ~ ! Our church family has had two families in Benin, Africa for the last 4 years – church planting. The Cherry family had 4 children – 3 girls and one boy. Last year their only son succumbed to cerebral malaria and died in 3 days, He was 10 years old. Hurry up, please !

    • semmie says:

      Oh Dave! How this breaks my heart! May the presence of Christ be very real to the boy’s family. How absolutely heart-breaking. 😦

      It angers me at times because Malaria is so preventable! And it is entirely treatable! True–there is less known about Cerebral Malaria, and research is hard because of the inability to study the living human brain. Post mortem studies can only show us so much. But I do join you in this plea and prayer…keep me posted as you hear/read/learn more, please! I will gladly spread the word and help raise awareness for this preventable disease!

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