UNICEF Malaria Initiative

Friends,

Something that is on my heart right now, is UNICEF’s Malaria Initiative.

According to UNICEF’s webpage:

“Malaria kills a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. It infects 350-500 million people each year, killing 1 million, mostly children in Africa. Ninety per cent of malaria deaths occur in Africa, where malaria accounts for about one in five of all childhood deaths. The disease also contributes greatly to anaemia among children — a major cause of poor growth and development. Malaria infection during pregnancy is associated with severe anaemia and other illness in the mother and contributes to low birth weight among newborn infants — one of the leading risk factors for infant mortality and sub-optimal growth and development.

Malaria has serious economic impacts in Africa, slowing economic growth and development and perpetuating the vicious cycle of poverty. Malaria is truly a disease of poverty — afflicting primarily the poor who tend to live in malaria-prone rural areas in poorly-constructed dwellings that offer few, if any, barriers against mosquitoes.

Malaria is both preventable and treatable, and effective preventive and curative tools have been developed.

Sleeping under insecticide treated nets can reduce overall child mortality by 20 per cent. There is evidence that ITNs, when consistently and correctly used, can save six child lives per year for every one thousand children sleeping under them.

Prompt access to effective treatment can further reduce deaths. Intermittent preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy can significantly reduce the proportion of low birth weight infants and maternal anaemia.

Unfortunately, many children, especially in Africa, continue to die from malaria as they do not sleep under insecticide-treated nets and are unable to access life-saving treatment within 24 hours of onset of symptoms. Most recent data  on household use of insecticide treated nets reveal low coverage rates of only around 5 per cent across Africa.  However, recent efforts to scale up coverage have contributed to significant progress in several countries.”

You can find further information here: UNICEF Malaria Initiative

For every 10$ donated a net will be given to a family, where 2 to 3 people can sleep under and many lives can be saved.

If you would like to donate towards this cause you can do so via UNICEF’s donation page: UNICEF Donations

    Acts 20:35
    “… remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “

Be awesomely blessed! 🙂

Cláudia

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