Bed Nets 4 Life
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.
MALARIA MEDICATION (ANTI-MALARIALS)
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 Kyangwali 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 approximately 80,000 bed nets in Uganda.
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