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The Tragedy of Preventable Illnesses

Image of Zambian boy receiving a mosquito net.
A Zambian boy receives a mosquito net.

All around the world, millions of children die as a result of illnesses that are easily treatable. Sadly, many vulnerable children in developing nations lack access to basic medical care that can protect them from preventable infections such as cholera, tuberculosis and malaria. One of the best ways you can help ChildFund provide much-needed health care to children in need is by becoming a monthly supporter of Children's Greatest Needs. For $15 to $25 a month, you can offer children the hope of a brighter and healthier future.


Many children around the world die every year from cholera. A waterborne infection, cholera is caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium, which releases a toxin that causes excess water to be produced by cells in the small intestine, resulting in severe diarrhea. This, in turn, can cause dehydration, which can lead to death in some cases.

Cholera is prevalent in Africa, Asia and South and Central America. Many instances can be prevented by the introduction of clean drinking water and improved sanitation procedures, but cholera remains a threat to children around the world. If you want to help us fight child mortality as a result of diseases like cholera, please consider purchasing a gift from our Gifts of Love & Hope catalog. From providing water filters to children in India to helping us build sanitary latrines in Africa, there are many ways your donation can help.


Primary pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is transmitted by coughing. The infection is spread through the respiration of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. Symptoms include coughing, excessive sweating, fatigue, weight loss and chest pain. Although cases of TB are not unheard of in developed counties, children living in developing nations are at far greater risk. Malnutrition, extreme poverty and the prevalence of diseases that compromise the immune system all contribute to the spread of TB. Unfortunately, many children at risk of TB do not have access to health care professionals who can identify and treat this potentially fatal illness.

In the Gifts of Love & Hope catalog, you have many opportunities to help children and their families receive proper health care, including regular checkups and vaccinations. Along with potentially lifesaving health care, your generous support will help us provide basic health education to communities around the world to enable people to take care of themselves and prevent the spread of TB.


Of the 31 countries in which ChildFund operates, malaria is prevalent in 27.

The impact of malaria is devastating. A child dies of malaria every minute, but the infection itself is easily treated and preventable. Malaria is caused by the transmission of a parasite by mosquitoes and symptoms can include high fever, shaking, chills and anemia, a deficiency of healthy red blood cells. Of the 31 countries in which ChildFund operates, malaria is prevalent in 27. Malaria kills more than 605,000 people annually in Africa alone, and approximately 572,000 children under the age of 5 die from malaria every year.

To help us fight this preventable disease, you can purchase a chemically treated malaria net for a child in Africa or India for $11. Your generous support enables ChildFund to give children around the world the chance to live happy and healthy lives.


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