April 26, 2012
At Nkhoma Hospital in Malawi, Dr. Barbara Nagy encourages parents to purchase bed nets (see photo) for their children to keep them safe from the malaria mosquitos. She has watched too many children die of this disease that claims the lives of nearly 2,000 children worldwide each day. Dr. Nagy depends on MBF’s help for the many parents who can’t afford $10 for family bed nets.
“I personally feel we are swimming up Niagara Falls every day, due to the extremely sick children,” Dr. Nagy writes, “but we know we have a big push from behind due to all of you who are praying for and supporting us.”
This week, as the world focuses on malaria, MBF partners like Nkhoma Hospital continue to battle the disease in Africa where 90 percent of malaria deaths occur.
The World Health Association (WHO) has set the year 2015 as the year for zero malaria deaths. The WHO believes that malaria can be prevented and treated successfully, and cites the fact that eleven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have cut their malaria cases by half since 2000.
In Malawi, one of those Sub-Saharan countries, Nkhoma Hospital sponsored a project in 2009 to spray insecticide on the inside walls of homes in a community, resulting in a 75% drop in malaria cases in that community. The program will be expanded when funds are available.
With only $10 for family bed nets and $5 for malaria medicine, you can help knock malaria off its place as one of the dreaded diseases of poverty. Contact MBF through this site or call 800-547-7627.