It’s World Malaria Day.
I’ve had Malaria 5 times (so far). I read somewhere that once you have it, it stays in your body. I don’t really know enough about that because it’s actually been hard finding information specifically about that…but maybe that explains why I get it so often…who knows. I would like to be enlightened if there’s a doctor in the field out there who reads this.
I should have died more than once, but I didn’t. I’m very lucky. One doctor in Tanzania said I was “…a very stubborn girl. You should have been dead but you aren’t because you are so stubborn.” I knew that trait would pay off somewhere.
Stubborn or lucky - either way, I’m extremely grateful. Many people - especially children - are not as lucky.
Children, with their small bodies and immature immune systems, are particularly vulnerable to severe illness and death. In fact, every minute a child dies of malaria.
Globally there are an estimated 219 million cases of malaria and 660,000 malaria deaths each year, over 90% of which occur in Africa.
Malaria accounts for one in six of all childhood deaths in Africa.*
It’s an excrutiating experience, let alone a horrible way to die.
I can’t imagine what it is like for a mother and father to watch their child die in pain and not be able to do anything to fix the situation and make their child better.
Something as simple as a mosquito net can make all the difference for these children.