The Tragedy of Preventable Illnesses
A Zambian boy receives a
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.