World Malaria Month Blog
If any of you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram you know that it is World Malaria Month. Part of World Malaria Month is to educate our students and the community in order to prevent more people from getting Malaria. Another part of Malaria month is Peace Corps Third Goal, educating America on the going ons in Uganda so they can get involved and help, as well as knowing what we are doing in Uganda and know how beautiful the culture is her in Uganda as well.
Malaria is a life-threating blood disease caused by parasites transmitted to humans through the bite of an Anopheles mosquito. Once an infected mosquito bites a human and transmits the parasites, those parasites multiply in the host’s liver before infecting and destroying red blood cells. However life-threating malaria is it is also a completely preventable and treatable disease. It is preventable by taking anti-malaria medication, sleeping under treated bed nets, and wearing bug spray and long clothing when you are outside at night. Malaria is treatable by taking a medication called cortem that kills the parasites in your body that are transmitted into your liver. Although it is VERY important to get tested for malaria before started treatment, because so many other diseases have the same symptoms as Malaria that just because you think you have malaria you might not. If you continue to get treated for malaria when you don’t have it you can become immune to the drugs, which means you can no longer be treated for malaria. Therefore, if you think you have malaria please go to a clinic and get tested, if and only if you are tested positive for malaria should you begin treatment, don’t let the doctors treat you if your test comes back negative even if they say, “Oh your symptoms are malaria so just take this medication”. This is very common in Uganda; most people think that they have malaria whenever they are sick so it is common for doctors to just give the malaria medication even if the patient doesn’t have it. That is how common malaria is in Uganda.
Here are some facts about Malaria in Uganda:
1. Facts about Malaria in Uganda:
2. Most prevalent disease in Uganda
3. Highly endemic in 95% of the country
4. 320 deaths DAILY
5. Leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children
6. Child deaths due to malaria: 70,000-110,000 per year
7. Pregnant women are four times more vulnerable to Malaria due to low immune status
8. 25-40% of all outpatient visits
9. Major threat to economic growth which is dependent on agriculture
Here are some facts about Malaria in general:
1. Malaria breeds mostly in warmer climates, where there is an abundance of humidity and rain.
2. Malaria exists in 103 countries worldwide, affecting 3.3. billion people, but about 90% of malaria-related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. The majority of those affected are children under the age of five.
3. Based on recent data, 59 of those 103 countries are currently meeting standards needed to reverse the incidence of Malaria.
4. In the US, about 1,500 cases of Malaria are found every year.
5. In 2012, 207 million clinical cases of malaria were recorded worldwide. 627,000 cases were fatal.
6. Pregnant women are extremely vulnerable to malaria. If the disease is contracted during pregnancy, it can be passed to the infant or result in low birth weight, which decreases the baby’s chance of survival.
7. Malaria is not a contagious disease.
Here at my school for Malaria month my students in P5-P7 have participated in an essay contest. They wrote incredible essays about how malaria has affected their lives. We have also gone over malaria facts, how to treat and prevent malaria, and the life cycle of malaria and mosquitos. Another thing that we did was put together a power point about malaria to send to my partner teacher in the states so she can teach her students about Malaria. It is very important for people to be educated about the diseases that occur around the world so that you can be knowledgeable about what people go through on a daily basis.
I personally have never had malaria but I have heard enough about what it does to you physically and mentally. It causes a great a great deal of pain to your body to the point where you cannot move or even lay down and be comfortable. That’s why World Malaria Month is so important educating our communities and students about how to treat and prevent malaria so they can hopefully stop getting it that way together we can STOMP OUT MALARIA! So join in on the fight, tell someone about malaria so they have knowledge about what happens around the world.
Thank you for reading, next week I will be writing about the end of term 1 and what I have planned for term to. Until then follow my blog Instagram (@withbravewingsshewillflyblog) for photos of my adventures. Much love and thanks for reading.