Every minute, a child dies of malaria, and 3.3 billion people— nearly half the world’s population—are at risk of this deadly disease. Yet malaria is entirely preventable and treatable.
On April 25, people around the globe will observe World Malaria Day to remember those affected by this disease and to recognize the work that is taking place to end its threat.
Prevention efforts are effective, and since 2000, the mortality rates connected to malaria have decreased by more than 42 percent. Still, there is work left to do.
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and local churches in Africa, where 90 percent of malaria cases occur, are taking part in global efforts to fight this disease that takes the lives of 627,000 people, mostly children, each year.
Malaria is endemic throughout Mozambique, just one of the areas affected by this disease. Although malaria can be transmitted year round, during rainy seasons the risk for infection is substantially raised due to the increased population and activity of mosquitos.
Recently, over 700 children and adults in Nicoadala and Namacurra were affected by unexpected flooding that completely destroyed their homes, leaving them unprotected from mosquitos and without a place to call home. Local churches, with the help of NCM, purchased insecticide treated mosquito nets that provided protection from the potential spread of malaria. Today, they continue to assist the affected families in rebuilding their lives. However, the fight against malaria hasn’t stopped there.
Local churches in Kenya have also distributed thousands of mosquito nets.
These nets have proven to be a highly cost-effective way to save lives, improve child and maternal health, help keep children in school, and allow adults to remain economically productive in their work.
Health clinics in places like Burkina Faso and Swaziland are treating children and families with malaria and providing anti-malarial medications. In Mozambique and other countries, community health education efforts geared toward children are helping to prevent the spread of disease, including malaria.
Malaria should never kill. Yet today, it is a disease that affects those who can least afford treatment or have little access to preventative health care. Malaria prevention and control is an inexpensive and effective way to interrupt the cycle of poverty affecting hundreds of thousands of families.
Join us in fighting against malaria, through compassionate care and support.
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