Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest diseases, killing 660,000 people every year, 86% of whom are children under 5. The huge number of South-Sudanese displaced by two decades of war created widespread starvation and poverty, and as a result malaria is responsible for 30 per cent of hospital admissions in the country.
Without antimalarial drugs women and children are particularly at risk – malaria is the first cause of death among young children, but also exacerbates anemia and school absenteeism, as well as increasing maternal health risks.
Over half the population of South Sudan lives on less than a dollar a day, and most South Sudanese lack access to even the most basic healthcare, clean water and sanitation: the little social infrastructure that existed was destroyed in the war.
The solutions we’re proposing:
W4’s field project, Hope Ofiriha, operates at Omilling, in a remote mountainous area, to protect women and children from the tragic consequences of malaria by providing them with essential healthcare. Their program trains healthcare assistants and provides malaria diagnosis tests, antimalarial drugs and mosquito nets.
Better protected against the disease, women and children can make the most of economic and educational opportunities, which will also benefit their families and communities.
Your contribution will help purchase malaria diagnosis tests, antimalarial drugs or mosquito nets, or will finance the healthcare assistants’ training. You can save lives and improve the future prospects of many women and children.