The 25th of April is World Malaria Day. As far as I was concerned Malaria was an African issue and a million miles away, until last weekend.
At the annual Presidents and Deputies training in Barnsley, one JCI member shared their story. Their story started with a holiday in Central America and ended with an eight day stay in hospital. Malaria was not a million miles away for this JCI member, but a terrifying ordeal that thankfully was recognised early enough and in a modern healthcare facility that had the resources and treatment to stamp out the disease.
I had no idea the devastation that Malaria has caused and that it continues to devastate lives every minute of the day across the globe.
Some Malaria facts:
- A child under 5 dies every minute from Malaria
- One bed net will save 4 lives
- India has the highest reported cases of Malaria at 24 million a year
- Pregnant women and children under 5 are the most at risk
- 1,500 cases of Malaria are reported in the US a year
- Half of the world’s population is at risk for Malaria
- Malaria is preventable and curable
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This post was written by Michelle Bustos