Aminu Ali Is recovers from malaria in Uganda
Malaria will kill at least 500,000 children this year. In 2013, a minimum of 250,000,000 people contracted the disease, and almost half of the world’s population was at risk.
Mosquitoes transmit malaria. The only way to avoid getting malaria is to avoid getting bitten. While the illness is easy to diagnose and very inexpensive to cure, the majority of people at risk of contracting malaria have very limited resources. Many can't properly feed their families, much less pay for a doctor or medication.
In 1860, more than half of the United States was endemic. Wealthier countries eradicated malaria decades ago; it is easily preventable and curable when resources are allocated. Today, malaria is a disease of the poor. No longer affecting wealthier nations, it is often not seen as a great global priority. But it is a question of priorities; more money has been spent on preventing baldness than has been dedicated to finding a malaria vaccine.
Recent attention and funding dedicated to malaria control have led to remarkable gains, but the disease still is the leading causes of child mortality in Africa, and the world’s most serious parasitic infection. Costing Africa alone an estimated US$12 billion annually in lost GDP, malaria’s negative impact on economic activities only reinforces poverty, destroying the chances for hundreds of millions of people to achieve better lives.
Sarah Mbawomye, a health worker without malaria medication, Uganda
Practicing catching mosquitoes for research in Uganda
Nanawewje Allen, Uganda. She sleeps without a net but her brothers do
Public official who life was threatened because he cracked down on counter-fit drugs in Nigeria
Nambassa Miriyamge, Uganda. Nambassa lost a loved one due to malaria
“She was three years old. It was a very sad time, a bad time for the entire family. We are all still deeply affected by her death…”
Areas of conflict, and former zones of civil unrest, have a higher rate of infection and mortality rates from disease. In fact it is disease, not physical violence, that kills the most people during most prolonged periods of civil unrest, leaving an inescapable legacy of guilt and sorrow. While most of these illnesses are easily preventable and treatable, the volatile nature of conflict zones turns these pathogens deadly. War zones are also a hotbed for the re-emergence of illnesses, such as polio, or new strains of illness. The inability to vaccinate and deliver proper medical treatment only increases the spread of disease.
Men prepare to spray DDT in Nigeria
Larai Ibrahim, Nigeria. Pregnancy increases the risk and dangers of malaria
Maria Namata, 6, Uganda. Poverty compounds the deadly effects of malaria