In Honor of World Malaria Day on April 25th…

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by Christine Bailey, MC Membership Director

In October 2006, I traveled to Kenya and Uganda with our MC Director, Barrett Ward, and several other friends of Mocha Club.  We got to visit our projects in these two countries and spend time with so many new friends that Mocha Club supports.  On this trip, Barrett also happened to contract malaria. None of us knew he had gotten it until we returned to the U.S., and Barrett came down with a violent fever a few days later.  He ended up being hospitalized for 9 days with cerebral malaria, which would be deadly if not for medication he received.  Thankfully, in the U.S., we have easy access to the drugs needed to get rid of malaria, but it’s not as easy in Africa.

Check out these Malaria facts compiled by the Mocha Club Interns…

10 Facts you probably didn’t know about Malaria.

IMG_07111. Malaria has been brought under control and even eliminated in many parts of Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Yet in Africa, with increasing drug resistance and struggling health systems, malaria infections have increased over the last three decades.

2. Malaria is one of the world’s oldest diseases.  Scientists recently found it to be a contributing factor in King Tut’s death over 3300 years ago.

3. One of the best ways to fight the spread of Malaria is through the use of mosquito nets.  These cost about $10.  {here’s an example of what a mosquito net looks like}

4. About 3.3 billion people – half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 250 million malaria cases and nearly one million deaths leaving those who live in the poorest countries at the highest risk.

4. In 2008, 91% of the deaths due to Malaria were in Africa.

5.   One in five (20%) of all childhood deaths in Africa are due to malaria. Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria in Africa.

6. Children who survive episodes of severe malaria may develop learning impairments and brain damage.

7. There are 10 new cases of Malaria every second.

8. The mosquitoes that transmits malaria only bite at night, usually between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am.

9.  Malaria costs Africa $12 billion annually in lost productivity and eats up 40% of hospital expenditures, stalling economic and social development.

10.  Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are two of the most basic yet important elements of malaria control. Early and effective treatment of malaria can shorten the duration of the infection and prevent further complications including the great majority of deaths.

Unloaded Relief Suplies from AL in Jach, August 2007

unloading medical supplies – including malaria meds – in Jach, Sudan

The people of Africa live with these devastating truths about Malaria everyday, but Mocha Club is helping to bear this burden through supplying medical attention, education, and eliminating poverty. In providing these three fundamental areas, we look forward to a one day Malaria-free Africa.

One way you can tangibly help is by making a donation to provide relief to genocide survivors & refugees in Sudan.

$10 = protective mosquito net to protect from malaria.

Go to our Emergency Needs page to donate now!

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