Help Protect Kenyan Families From Malaria
Malaria is one of the world's biggest killers. This
potentially lethal disease is most commonly transmitted 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 help
fight this disease, which is both preventable and curable. 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 can
be easily treated and cured. However, in regions where villages are miles from
the nearest medical facility, many families simply cannot prevent the spread of
the disease. This is why preventive methods — especially insecticide-treated
mosquito nets — are so effective in halting the spread of 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.