According to WHO’s report, 15 countries alone (all but one in sub-Saharan Africa) carry 80% of the global malaria burden. The African continent accounts for about 90% of malaria cases worldwide!
Morija fights malaria in Togo
To prevent the mosquito-borne disease, the Medical and Social Center (MSC) of Farendè in Togo distributes long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to pregnant women and children under one.
The Center also provides preventive treatments against malaria for pregnant women and children up to age 5.
Educational talks and home visits are conducted in order to inform the population of the dangers of malaria and the most effective means of prevention to combat this scourge. A total of more than 9,500 people have benefited from these awareness sessions in 2017.
Even though the fight is far from being over, the MSC of Farendè notes encouraging results in terms of malaria-related morbidity. It has decreased from 57% in 2014 to 36% in 2017, which provides a source of encouragement to continue the fight!
Lamatou and Latifou
Lamatou is a mother of 5 children. One of her sons, Latifou aged 3, had high fevers, vomiting and was much weakened. After consulting at the MSC, a free malaria screening test was performed. The test proved positive and Latifou was immediately taken for care and treatment.
Today Lamatou is happy because her child is healed, and thanks to the preventive treatment of her children benefiting her family, their episodes of acute malaria illness will go down substantially.