Stop Malaria: Save More Lives

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Date: Nov 04 2014
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According to the former US President, Barrack Obama, malaria is a disease that doesn’t have to take lives. That therefore accounts for why on the day of his inauguration, he declared his to “step up US focus on prevention and treatment of malaria around the world” in order to “rid the world of death from a disease that doesn’t have to take lives.”

Today in Africa, Malaria has become an endemic disease, threatening the survival of children between 0-5 years, responsible for majority of still births, increase in maternal mortality, depleting family income and stifling economic development in the rural areas.

In fact, malaria is the greatest killer disease in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. 97% of the Nigerian population is at risk of malaria infection. It accounts for about 60% of outpatient cases in health facilities and approximately 300,000 annual deaths. It is also responsible for 25% of all infant related mortality, 30% of child related mortality and 11% of maternal mortality.

The disease is caused by a parasite known as Plasmodium. The dominant species of malaria parasites is Plasmodium falciparum (>95%) with P. ovale and P. malariae playing a minor role with the latter being quite common as a double infection in children. The dominant vector for the transmission of Malaria is mosquito. Anopheles gambiae s.l. and the A. funestus group with some other species playing a minor or local role.

In the rural communities, several factors, such as the myth and misconceptions surrounding its cause contribute to its scourge. Among illiterate villagers in these communities, there is a popular belief that malaria is caused by either excessive exposure to sunlight, high intake of edible palm oil or over consumption of soft drinks. These beliefs differ from community to community, accounting for why there are different local treatment methods in these communities.

Our Project, Stop Malaria: Save more Lives! is therefore a campaign designed to educate and transform these age-long misconceptions, behaviours and attitudes into scientifically proven causes and cost-effective methods of prevention and treatment of malaria.

The tasks before us…

For the estimated 3,000 children who fall victim to malaria every day and for those who survive to suffer its debilitating complications, getting access to a protective net and a dose of effective treatment, at the approximate cost of US$ 13, makes the difference between life and death and between economic opportunity and abject poverty.

Therefore, the overall objectives of our campaign are:

  • To increase understanding about the causes of malaria, its transmission processes, prevention and treatment methods.
  • To acquire and distribute insecticide treated nets as well as demonstrate how they are used in homes for the prevention of malaria, and
  • To increase awareness and knowledge about good and cost-effective environmental sanitation practices that can prevent and control the spread of malaria, such as clearing of bushes around homes, clearing of drainages, proper disposal of domestic wastes, disposal of stagnant water bodies, etc.

Our passionate appeals…

Reducing the impacts malaria is having in African countries and their economies is possible. We seek your partnership and support, in whatever form to promote this campaign.

We are in dire need of insecticide treated nets for distribution to families in the rural areas. We also need environmental sanitation equipment like shovels, matchets, cutlasses, etc for bush clearing, clearing of drainages, etc. to facilitate the community services provided by our volunteers.

You could choose to donate some of these sanitation equipment or make a financial donation for us to acquire them.

To contribute, send your materials to our Headquarters or any of our offices near you or email us at afrydef@yahoo.com or call +234 (0) 803 870 2075, +234 (0) 703 349 6417 or use our online donation link.

Remember, when you are stopping malaria, you are saving more lives!

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