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Breaking Out of a Broken System

Let’s combat Malaria. Check out Breaking Out of a Broken System written by Seth and Chandler Bolt and you can help save a life. Available March 4th on Amazon. All funds from this book support the Palmetto Medical Initiative.

  • Palmetto Medical Initiative is revolutionizing the approach to medical intervention in the developing world by moving beyond relief to achieve long-term improvements in health.
  • In a world where nearly half the population lives on less than $2 per day (Source: UN, 2013), socialized healthcare BOLT 2 ystems are overcrowded, poorly equipped, and underfunded. PMI is bridging the gap between ineffective, socialized care and unaffordable, private care. PMI exists to transform communities by improving the quality of accessible healthcare through a model of empowerment andsustainability.
  • 1.2 million people die from malaria each year because many villages receive only 3-4 months’ worth of medicine for an entire year. PMI is able to provide medicine to people in life-or-death situations thanks to donations made by generous people like you.
  • When we found out that one $4-pill could save a family of children from losing their father — and a mother from losing her child — our first thought was “how can we come up with 10,000 of those pills?!”
  • That became our mission and it forced us to come up with a creative way to raise money for charity using art, entrepreneurship, and social media to save our brothers and sisters from dying of a curable disease. For each book we sell, $4 is donated to PMI. Thank you for making a difference!

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World Malaria Day

Malaria_posterWorld Malaria Day: Highlighting Awareness of a Preventable Disease That Still Kills Thousands

Article by: Winnie Ssanyu Sseruma

Reposted from The Independent.

“Almost half the world’s population – an estimated three billion people – live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Endemic to 107 countries in the tropics and subtropics, it is responsible for around one million deaths globally every year, with sub-Saharan Africa the hardest hit. Most shockingly, despite the fact that malaria is both a preventable and curable disease, around 800,000 of those deaths occur among African children under five-years-old, according to UNICEF.

However, what many people may not be aware of is exactly how malaria interacts with other infectious diseases, particularly HIV. Although anyone can get malaria, in parts of the world where both malaria and HIV are widespread, people can easily become co-infected with both diseases. This is potentially a very dangerous situation since HIV positive people are far more vulnerable to developing infections or more severe forms of malaria because their weak immune system simply cannot respond to the disease effectively. Symptoms last much longer than in people who do not carry HIV, and can also have harmful effects on the accelerated progression of HIV.

It is common knowledge that malaria in pregnant women results in higher rates of miscarriage and low birth weight, as well as causing severe anaemia in new-born children which leads to low birth weight, growth retardation and potentially long term cognitive and developmental impairment. Imagine if you are also HIV positive. Pregnant women who are living with HIV are at even further risk, not only because of the mother can pass malaria on to her baby, but because the impact of malaria on the placenta actually increases the risk of transmitting HIV to the foetus. This is why my work now focuses on integrated approaches to community health instead of working on preventing and treating one disease or virus in isolation.

It is horrifying to me that all this can be stopped – or at least vastly reduced – through the consistent use of simple, cheap insecticide treated nets and free prevention information! Sadly of course, poor people – who are more likely to live in areas of high malaria incidence and are often malnourished – usually have little or no access to both, much like those who suffer from HIV have limited access to ARVs or HIV prevention education. The mishmash of both diseases combined with malnourishment is surely something not many can – or should have to – fight.

Encouragingly, behind the grim statistics however, there is a glimmer of hope. There has been a definite spike in targeted investment for developing malaria vaccines over the last decade, coupled with a marked increase in prevention interventions such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets and awareness-raising among those most at risk. These efforts have resulted in a rapid reduction in malaria deaths, with global mortality rates falling by 25% since 2000, and by 33% in sub-Saharan Africa (WHO).

One research vaccine known as RTS,S/AS01, currently being evaluated in a large clinical trial in seven countries in Africa, is most advanced. Recommendation for use is expected in late 2014, and a recommendation as to whether or not this vaccine should be added to existing global malaria control tools is expected in 2015. This time next year, let’s keep our fingers crossed that we can report some good news on that.”

 

 

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Is Malaria a Problem?

So, What’s the Problem with Malaria?

There were an estimated 655,000 malaria deaths in 2010. Approximately 86% of malaria deaths globally were of children under 5 years of age.

There were an estimated 216 million episodes of malaria in 2010. Approximately 81%, or 174 million (113–239 million) cases, were in the African Region, with the South-East Asian Region accounting for another 13%.

ƒMalaria can kill within 24 hours of symptom onset. Cited from Medicines for Malaria Venture.

What is Malaria?

“Malaria is caused by a parasite that is passed from one human to another by the bite of infected Anopheles mosquitoes. After infection, the parasites (called sporozoites) travel through the bloodstream to the liver, where they mature and release another form, the merozoites. The parasites enter the bloodstream and infect red blood cells.

The parasites multiply inside the red blood cells, which then break open within 48 to 72 hours, infecting more red blood cells. The first symptoms usually occur 10 days to 4 weeks after infection, though they can appear as early as 8 days or as long as a year after infection. The symptoms occur in cycles of 48 to 72 hours.” Cited from U.S. National Library of Medicine.

How Can We End This?

Mosquito Nets

Education

Early Diagnostic and Treatment

Vaccines

Contact Your Government Leaders

Join Malaria No More or World Vision’s End Malaria to help end Malaria.

More Fast Facts

– Malaria is preventable and treatable.

– Every minute, a child dies of malaria.

– Malaria costs Africa $12 billion annually.

– In Africa, 40% of health resources are used to treat malaria

Buy a Mosquito Net Today and Help End Malaria!

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