MALARIA FACT SHEET
Who is Impacted by Malaria?
Spread through the bite on an infected anopheles female mosquito, MALARIA is a highly preventable disease that kills over 3,000 children every day and claims up to 3 million lives each year in Africa. Somewhere in Africa, a mother loses her child to malaria every 30 seconds.
✓ Malaria is a global health crisis. More than 40 percent of the world’s population is at risk.
✓ Each year, there are over 500 million clinical cases of malaria.
✓ Malaria kills thousands more people than HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Measles and Leprosy combined.
✓ Malaria is not only the leading killer above all other diseases, but it is also a leading cause of poverty. In addition to the toll on human health, malaria exacts a significant economic toll as well. Malaria is estimated to cost Africa $30 billion annually in health care and lost productivity (harvests remain on the fields, people cannot go to work, and children cannot go to school).
✓ Without coordinated and fully resourced initiatives to tackle malaria, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will not be achieved by 2015. Addressing malaria will have a very positive impact on meeting the MDG’s particularly in health, education and poverty.
With all the needs in Africa , with all the requests for help, why this one? Why malaria? Why should we care?
✓ It is unacceptable that children are dying from a highly preventable disease.
✓ Long lasting insecticide treated bed nets (LLINs) offer a primary wall of defense, providing a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. Stop the bite, stop malaria.
✓ We can do something about this right now. The night a net is hung, lives are saved! As Simple As That. Malaria related deaths are drastically reduced by as high as 95% with the use of nets.
Established in 2004, BUY-A-NET Malaria... [continues]
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