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Malaria season hits

posted 28 May 2012, 05:00 by Darren Creek   [ updated 28 May 2012, 05:01 ]
May is peak malaria season in Eastern Uganda and our thoughts and prayers are with all children that are suffering in Tororo district at this time, particularly the 5 orphans in our education scholarship program that have come down with malaria this week. Malaria is often fatal in young children if not treated, we endeavour to treat all our orphans in a timely manner, but unfortunately the cost of treatment puts a significant strain on already limited resources. 

Malaria is spread by mosquitos, and the risk is very high in the main wet season from March to May. Tororo district has one of the highest rates of malaria in the world, with an average exposure of 562 infectious bites per year. This can be reduced to almost zero by good housing and insecticide treated bednets. Unfortunately, most orphans in our program do not sleep under bednets, as funds are currently focused on food, shelter and education. Whilst improved housing is a long-term aim of our program, bednets are the best way to have  an immediate impact. 

Bednets cost about $8 (£5) each, if you wish to provide bednets for some of the orphans in the programs please contact us to make a donation.