World Malaria Day April 25, 2010 Think Humanity
World Malaria Day represents a chance for all of us to make a difference.
Think Humanity was created to provide relief, support and hope for a promising future to refugees in Africa. Our mission is threefold:
- Joining in the fight against malaria by providing refugees with resources and manpower;
- Providing love, comfort and security to orphaned children; and
- Creating an overall positive change for refugees
PROJECT MEDS AND NETS is a project within Think Humanity, a non-profit organization whose mission is "to provide a positive change for refugees in Africa."
Malaria is a disease of the blood that is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. Malaria is preventable and treatable. To fight this disease, we must provide children, orphans, elderly and the poor with treated bed nets and make anti-malaria drugs, such as Coartem, available.
There are other organizations fighting malaria, but we are the only organization leading the fight against malaria in the Kyangwali Settlement in western Uganda. There are more than 23,000 displaced individuals from surrounding countries living in Kyangwali. These people have been forced into refugee camps due to war in their homelands. We are distributing nets in Kyaka II and the Acholi Quarter Camp by the end of 2010.
As of January 2010 Think Humanity has provided more than 10,000 bed nets to refugees in Africa.
Know more about malaria!
1) There are 250 million malaria cases and nearly one million deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable.2) One in five (20%) of all childhood deaths in Africa are due to malaria. It is estimated that an African child has on average between 2 and 5 episodes of malaria fever each year. Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria in Africa.
3) Long-lasting insecticidal nets can be used to provide protection to risk groups, especially young children and pregnant women in high transmission areas.
4) Pregnant women are at high risk not only of dying from the complications of severe malaria, but also spontaneous abortion, premature delivery or stillbirth. It contributes to the deaths of an estimated 10,000 pregnant women and up to 200,000 infants each year in Africa alone.
5) Malaria has lifelong effects through increased poverty and impaired learning. It cuts attendance at schools and workplaces. However, it is preventable and curable.
For every $5 raised on World Malaria Day, we will provide a mosquito net to a refugee child in Africa.