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WHAT IS MALARIA?

Malaria is a disease of the blood that is transmitted to people by an infected female mosquito. Malaria infects and destroys red blood cells (anemia) and clogs the capillaries that carry blood to the brain (cerebral malaria) or to the vital organs.

The Ugandan Ministry of Health estimates that malaria kills 320 people in Uganda every day. This is based on reported cases, yet in rural villages many cases go unreported. 90 percent of malaria related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and a child under the age of five years dies from malaria every 30 seconds.

PROBLEM

  • Malaria kills more African children than any other disease.
  • There is currently no vaccine available to prevent malaria.
  • Due to abject poverty, most families in Uganda cannot afford to purchase a bed net or treatment.

PREVENTION SOLUTION

  • Long-lasting Insecticide-treated bed Nets (LLINs) have been shown to be the most cost effective prevention method against malaria.
  • With donations to Think Humanity, the TH team can purchase, transport and educate communities on the importance of bed nets and demonstrate how to use them properly.

GOOD NEWS

  • Think Humanity uses the highest quality bed nets recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • By using LLINs the vector mosquito will be repelled and/or killed when coming into contact with the strong insecticide-treated netting material.
  • LLINs can be purchased for $5 each (more or less depending on the market) and will last up to five years. The longer useful life of the LLIN, the cheaper it is to use, even if the initial purchase price is higher.
  • Studies have shown that when LLINs are used, child illnesses and mortality rates decrease significantly.
  • Think Humanity net distributions have been shown to reduce cases of malaria as much as 96 percent.
  • A study has shown that relatively modest coverage (60 percent) of all adults and children can achieve community-wide benefits.
  • When parents and guardians are healthy they are able to care for their children and able to work to provide for their families.
  • They will no longer be spending their money on malaria treatment, which could otherwise go towards basics such as providing their children with food and education.

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TREATMENT SOLUTION

MALARIA MEDICATION (ANTI-MALARIALS)

Think Humanity Community Health Centre in Hoima, Uganda also treats malaria.

Coartem is an artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) that is the most effective malaria treatment recommended by WHO. Coartem is safe, effective and an affordable anti-malarial for vulnerable populations in Africa. A child with an uncomplicated case of malaria can be cured within three days after receiving a dose of Coartem. It is recommended over the older treatments such as chloroquine and fansidar, which have become less effective because of a rise in drug resistance.

WHO GETS BED NETS?

Think Humanity freely gives bed nets to refugees and people from isolated and underdeveloped villages in western Uganda. The people we serve are from various countries; Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan and locations where people have been forced to leave their country due to war.

WHO DO WE HELP at the Think Humanity Community Health Center?

Think Humanity provides treatment for various diseases at a reduced cost to the people in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp and surrounding villages. After treatment, we give each patient a free LLIN.

Think Humanity has purchased and distributed more than 40,000 bed nets in Uganda.

Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Nets: a WHO Position Statement

Centers for Disease Control on malaria


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