April 25th is World Malaria Day. Malaria’s not something most Americans think about or even consider as a real threat. Yet, half the world’s population is at risk each day of this deadly disease. In fact, the impact of Malaria around the world is so great that a child dies every minute. More than 90 countries have issues with Malaria, affecting thousands of the children we serve.
Malaria is transmitted by select types of mosquitos in various parts of the world. Symptoms range from very mild to severe depending on the number of blood parasites that have been placed in the person by the mosquito bite. In general, malaria is a curable disease if diagnosed and treated promptly and correctly.
Whether it is Chikungunya in Latin America or Malaria in West Africa or Asia, the keys to success are the same: 1- Decrease the number of mosquitos, lowering the kid’s risk of getting bit, and 2- Detect early in order to eradicate the blood parasite.
VisionTrust’s Global Health Team is working with our country directors where mosquito-borne illnesses are a challenge. Our goals are to to educate our communities on signs and symptoms of mosquito-borne illnesses so they get early treatment, eradicate mosquitos through mosquito abatement (removing standing water, keeping weeds down, etc.), and bring resources to protect our children with bed netting and other strategies.
The Global Health Team needs your prayers as we work to protect our children. We also need your support for much needed supplies and education materials. We strive to keep each of the 16,000 children we serve healthy so they can grow up to live for God and love others! Join us.