Providing life savers. Malaria prophylaxes and immediate treatment are a necessity around the world!
I ask myself every time before traveling to Africa if malaria prophylaxes are a good or a bad thing. Those who have taken prophylaxes of this kind know that they’re not easy to handle and often cause side effects. More important, though, is the fact that they can save lives.
The Anopheles mosquito that transmits malaria is a mere 6 mm long and yet is one of the greatest threats worldwide – in particular for the children of Africa. According to figures released by WHO (World Health Organisation) , nearly 207 million people are infected with malaria. In 2012, there were an estimated 627,000 people who died from it, most of them children under the age of 5 living in the area south of the Sahara desert. This number overwhelmed and deeply affected me! So many lives lost simply because they had no access to protection against and treatment for malaria.
This is unfair and unacceptable!
Many others are of this exact opinion such as Bill and Melinda Gates, for example, who have been supporting a number of foundations to win over investors from around the world in order to offer effective malaria prevention, tests for diagnosing malaria and treatment therapies. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focuses especially on countries in the Sub-Saharan region whose GDP is incredibly low but death rate is terrifyingly high.
When traveling around Africa, I often meet people who carry the malaria tropica virus in their systems. As soon as the virus spreads, they need immediate medical attention. Otherwise, the infection caused by a small mosquito bite can end fatally. Although extensive research has been carried out, no suitable vaccine has been found.
During my visit to the medical centre of the SOS Children’s Village in Kigali, doctors told me that most patients here – as is often the case – are mothers with children who nowadays can be helped considerably faster, with permanent results. This has led to great success over the years in the fight against malaria.The increased support from around the world, the raised awareness of the dangers caused by malaria as well as the slowly growing economic stability in Africa has contributed to this achievement.
“Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.” – this is the current theme of the World Health Organisation.
And to ensure that this becomes a reality, LET’S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!