In Africa, a child dies every minute from malaria, a mosquito-borne infectious disease.
On World Malaria Day, April 25, malaria-free countries are not only reminded of the devastating consequences of the disease but that it is preventable and treatable.
Malaria is a global crisis that requires individuals and organizations such as The Salvation Army to take action and end its damaging effects. In 2013, Malaria took the lives of more than 500,000 people around the world, 78 percent of which were children under age five.
Through The Salvation Army’s Gifts of Hope program, mosquito nets have been provided to four Salvation Army social centres in Pakistan. Nets have also been distributed to The Salvation Army’s Home of Joy Centre (for physical disabled orphans) in Kampala, Uganda. Half of the children at the centre are under the age of 10, which makes them most vulnerable to malaria.
Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 4.2 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 47 percent globally.
We need to keep up the fight against this killer disease. In 2014, 97 countries had on-going malaria transmission and today 3.2 billion (half of the world population) are at risk. You can purchase mosquito nets here.