Malaria is an urgent health concern in Ghana, with the entire population of 24 million people at risk. Despite efforts to control the disease, malaria remains the country’s leading cause of illness and accounts for more than a quarter of the deaths of young children. Malaria is also a major cause of miscarriage and stillbirths.
The poorest communities are inevitably most affected because they cannot afford malaria prevention and treatment, such as anti-malaria bed nets and medicines. Girls, pregnant women, and children are at most at risk.
Malaria’s tragic effects are manifold: the disease not only damages health and takes lives, but also works powerfully to reinforce the vicious cycle of poverty. The cost of treatment is severely burdensome and the disease prevents people from working and causes children to miss out on schooling.
Malaria wreaks havoc on the lives of women and girls, by damaging their health and by causing them to miss school—either because they are sick or have to take care of sick family members, or because paying for treatment consumes precious family income, which prevents families from paying for school-related expenses. The disease harms women’s livelihoods, causing women to lose days of work to their own or family members’ sickness, and draining their already limited financial resources.
One of the most effective preventive measures against malaria is, simply, a bed net. But even the cost of a bed net is beyond the financial means of very poor girls and women.
By donating as little as €5, you can purchase a bed net that will help protect girls, women, and infants from malaria, keeping them healthy and protecting their livelihoods and futures.
Learn more about The Village Net Ghana.