Today, World Malaria Day, is a day meant to highlight the progress that’s been made in malaria prevention and treatment. It is also a day to commit to continued action in fighting the dangerous disease.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted through female mosquitoes. According to the World Health Organization, about 3.2 billion people – almost half of the world’s population – are at risk. In 2015, there were an estimated 214 million new cases of malaria and 438,000 deaths, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa.*
Pregnant women and children under 5 years old are more vulnerable to malaria. The malaria infection during pregnancy is a major health risk to the mother and her unborn baby. Through our Fatmata Maternity Center, we are committed to keeping mothers and babies safe and healthy.
During the campaign, we also actively sprayed mosquito breeding grounds and conducted on site diagnostics to help treat those affected by the disease. Our site manager Philip Momoh in Sierra Leone leads the programs.
To help #EndMalariaForGood, our prevention and education programs will need to continue. We are hoping to secure grants to execute the programs again twice this year.
*[World Malaria Report 2015, W.H.O]