Deborah, a boarder at the African Vision of Hope dorm, stands in front of her mosquito net covered bed.
There are places in the world where having a mosquito net covering your bed at night could be a matter of life and death. Some families across Zambia are constantly racked with the task of finding ways to protect their children from a deadly, but preventable disease- Malaria.
Malaria is preventable, treatable and curable. Yet it continues to have a devastating impact across Africa. Malaria is caused by a parasite that is transported by mosquitoes and spread to humans through the mosquito’s bites. One mosquito net, which hangs over a bed and costs about $10, can protect a family of five for about five years.
David, a teacher at one of African Vision of Hope’s schools, explains just how bad malaria can be for families and communities. David’s students come down with fevers and severe headaches four or five times a year from Malaria.
“They miss classes,” David says. “One boy was trying to write his exams and fainted. They can’t graduate if they are not well. The loss of potential in this village is enormous.” Not only loss of potential, but the loss of life is enormous. Malaria is one of the leading causes of preventable death in Sub-Saharan Africa, which is where Malaria is most prevalent. In 2015 alone, 303,000 African children died before their 5th birthday from the disease.
Families are at risk of this preventable disease 365 days a year, not just on World Malaria Day. We’re committed to ending this disease. With your help, we can.