Saturday 25th April was World Malaria Day. Malaria is the leading cause of child mortality in Africa, yet it is completely preventable through simply sleeping under a mosquito net. A life-saving mosquito net costs just £3, yet many families in Uganda cannot afford one. Malaria is a particularly big problem in Uganda, and especially in Uganda’s slums. Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Uganda and an estimated 100,000 children die every year in Uganda due to malaria. This is mainly due to the close living conditions allowing mosquitos to infect many people at once, and the high levels of poverty meaning many families cannot afford a mosquito net. Furthermore, an average Ugandan family spends approximately 25% of their income on treatment for malaria and time lost from school due to malaria leaves children unable to escape the cycle of poverty.
At Kids Club Kampala we are working hard to tackle the problem of malaria. Last week we had a fantastic team of student nurses from Nurse Uganda and Great Ormond Street Hospital who ran health promotion sessions for our children and communities in the slums of Kampala. One of the topics they focused on was malaria prevention. They taught the children all about how malaria is spread, the importance of sleeping under a mosquito net and how to detect the symptoms of malaria. These sessions were so helpful as people living in Kampala’s slums often have little or no access to health care or advice, and our children learned a lot! We want to say a huge well done and thank you to Jess, Louise, Kaylie, Tizzy and Emma and for their hard work and success in passing on their knowledge and skills to these vulnerable children.
We also give out mosquito nets to the children we work with whenever we can afford to, and we would love you to partner with us to help make a real difference and tackle malaria. You can save the life of a child in Uganda buy donating today to purchase a mosquito net for a child for just £3. If you would like to donate to this cause, please donate here, and if you would like any more information about how you can get involved and support this campaign further, please get in touch.