- Another child will die of malaria within the next 30 seconds.
- The disease
affects 500 million people worldwide; 90 percent of whom live in sub-Sahara
Africa where it kills one fifth of the children under the age
- The culprit is plasmodium, a parasite transmitted by the bite of the
female anopheles mosquito.
- Children who survive may develop chronic anemia
and neurological impairment.
- Pregnant women are particularly susceptible.
- Symptoms take many forms—fevers
and chills in mild cases, and kidney failure, bleeding, or swelling of the
brain in fatal cases.
- Malaria is both a cause of poverty and a result of poverty.
- The lethal
impact decreases the economic potential of affected countries through illness,
death, and loss of productivity.
- Malaria consumes 40 percent of public health
expenditures and accounts for up to 50 percent of all outpatient visits and
30 - 50 percent of inpatient
admissions in some places.
- MALARIA IS PREVENTABLE AND CURABLE.
Aug 02, 2005