Help Protect Kenyan Families From Malaria

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Posted on 5/14/2013

Malaria is one of the world's biggest killers. A potentially lethal disease, malaria is caused by parasite-carrying mosquitoes and is a major problem in many developing nations, particularly in Africa. Worldwide, more than 216 million cases of malaria are reported every year, and the disease kills a child every 45 seconds, according to the World Health Organization. In 2010, 91 percent of all malaria-related deaths occurred in Africa, mostly in children under the age of 5. ChildFund is taking steps to prevent and treat malaria. One place where we've focused our efforts is in the Embu community of Kenya.


Although millions of African children are at risk of malaria, those living in poverty are most vulnerable. Malnutrition can weaken the body's immune system, making it harder for malnourished children to fight the disease. In addition, lack of access to basic health care, including lifesaving vaccinations, makes malaria especially deadly in some countries. Malaria can also be passed from a mother to her child, and in some parts of Africa, malaria infection has a high impact on maternal death rates and miscarriage.

Fortunately, malaria treatment is fairly easy. However, in regions where villages are miles from the nearest medical facility, many families simply cannot prevent malaria from spreading. This is why preventive methods — especially insecticide-treated mosquito nets — are so effective in halting the spread of malaria.

Saving Lives: How to Prevent Malaria

In November 2012, ChildFund launched a Fund a Project campaign to provide chemically treated mosquito nets to families in the Embu community of Kenya. Our goal is to raise $23,000 to provide 3,157 of these nets to vulnerable families at risk of contracting malaria. To date, we have raised almost $5,000, so we can use your help in reaching our target.

More than 2,850 children and 300 lactating mothers in Embu will directly benefit from these nets. To help ChildFund save lives and reduce the impact of malaria in Kenya, please consider making a donation to this fund.