Sunday, April 25, 2010

World Malaria Day

Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease, yet nearly half the world remains at risk, the overwhelming majority of them within the world's poorest communities. The facts show that the problem has not gone away:

  • Every second, 10 people become infected with malaria
  • Every 30 seconds, a child dies from malaria-related complications
  • As many as 250 million people suffer from malaria every year

And in Kenya, where HealthRight is working to bring sustainable prevention and treatment services to the isolated North Rift Valley, malaria is the number one killer of pregnant women and children.

Like many of the health problems affecting the world's poor and marginalized communities, the spread of malaria can be stopped by building access to basic health care, including prevention and treatment.

Lasting access to health is the foundation of HealthRight's mission, and it is at the center of our strategy to roll back malaria in the North Rift Valley. This includes:

  • Direct partnerships with the local health system to train health workers, provide access to treatment and medication and increase awareness
  • Distribution, through the local health system, of tens of thousands of insecticide-treated bed nets - the first line of defense in preventing new infections
  • Education and information for communities, targeted to mothers and child care-givers, on how to prevent malaria and access care

This is one example of how HealthRight is investing in local communities and building lasting access to care.