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.
To help prevent and treat malaria in Sierra Leone, we launched an on-site malaria prevention program in the Pujehun District last year. During the program, 40 healthcare volunteers and sanitation leads worked across six rural communities surrounding our Fatmata Maternity Center to help educate them on malaria.
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.
Help support the effort and learn more about the disease by taking the malaria quiz.
*[World Malaria Report 2015, W.H.O] Read More »
Shaheen, Age 14, Student at Dreams for Kachra Kundi
Three years ago we received a letter from Shaheen. She was a young and determined student who fought for her right to an education. In her letter she said:
“Everyone has dreams. I too want to have a dream. These dreams are only possible through an education. When I receive that education and I start to reach my goals, I know that I will be inspired to continue to receive more learning. I will want to set new goals. In the future I want to be able to teach other girls. I want to help those girls whose families are also stopping them from receiving an education.
Every day I would cry to my family so that they would let me go to school. After crying, they would say that I could attend for just a month and that they would pull me out again. I am here now, I am learning but I want to continue to attend school. I want to go to school so that I can BECOME something.
Whatever I have learned, it is now my duty to teach that to others who want to also learn. Whatever I have learned I need to pass this on. I will tell them that wherever you can go to school you must do it, an education is the only thing that will get you anywhere. My wish is that God give us all the opportunity to receive an education.”
A few months ago we got to meet Shaheen again. She is in our very first graduating class at our Dreams for Kachra Kundi school site and will be graduating later this year. Now a grown young woman, she still shares the same hopes and dreams. At first she was very shy and quiet, but when we started asking her questions about her time in school and her future plans, her eyes lit up. We were soon wrapped up in her conversations and beautiful plans for the future- which include becoming a teacher.
Every weekend, on Sundays, which is the only day off for the campus, our teachers are still working. They spend Sundays counseling with families. These conversations revolve around all sorts of hardships but their most important goal is to convince families to send their daughters to school.
An educated woman will not only educate her family–she will help educate an entire community. Today, more than 200 of our 570 students are female and we hope to continue to be a part of changing statistics. Sponsor a better future for child during #10DaysOfThaakat. Read More »