Protect Women and Children
April 25th, we will all celebrate Africa Malaria Day.
theme for this year's event is:'Insecticide Treated Nets and effective malaria
treatment for pregnant women and young children by 2005'
have been producing children from the beginning of time. Childbirth is one
of the natural miracles of the world. But in Africa too often the birth of a child
becomes an occasion for grief due to the death of the mother and /or baby. Over
250,000 African women die from pregnancy related complications every year.
Spreads in Africa: On a scale not seen in Africa in nearly two decades, famine
is once again stalking the continent. According to estimates by the UN's World
Food Programme (WFP), as many as 38 million Africans are living under the threat
of starvation, and many will succumb if emergency relief does not reach them...
is a deadly plague that kills millions of African children every year and
is a scourge must be fought and DDT is at the moment the cheapest and most effective
study shows good results on Children|
The World Health Organization Friday
welcomed a Tanzanian study that found rates of malaria and anemia are severely
reduced when infants receive an anti-malarial drug during routine immunizations.
trials to start in The Gambia|
The first of a series of three clinical
trials of a vaccine against malaria, which has been planned through a partnership
between a US-based non-profit organisation and one of the leading research-based
pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, begins early next month in The Gambia.
If successful, it would
help save the lives of millions of children. Malaria is a parasitic infection
transmitted through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito.
one of the world's most important public health concerns, is on the rise again,
causing over a million deaths a year, including an estimated 700,000 children.
According to the WHO, in absolute numbers, malaria kills 3,000 children under
5 years old, every day a death toll comparable to that of AIDS. Effective malaria
control programs have led to dramatic declines in death in some countries, but
obstacles remain in many of the world's poorest countries