Malaria is a disease of the blood that is transmitted to people by an infected female mosquito. Malaria infects and destroys red blood cells (anemia) and clogs the capillaries that carry blood to the brain (cerebral malaria) or to the vital organs.
The Ugandan Ministry of Health estimates that malaria kills 320 people in Uganda every day. This is based on reported cases, yet in rural villages many cases go unreported. 90 percent of malaria related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and a child under the age of five years dies from malaria every 30 seconds.
To tackle this problem, Think Humanity began assisting refugees with bed nets in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp in May 2007. Since then, Think Humanity has expanded into other refugee camps, providing healthcare, water wells, education and socio-economic development projects.
At Think Humanity, instead of having an expatriate staff who may not fully understand the local context and way of operating, they engage local African leaders. They believe in empowering them to make the changes necessary in their communities.
THIS WEEK, Think Humanity is looking to add nets to their bulk order, allowing them to purchase each net for close to $5. They use nets recommended by WHO that are LLIN (Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets). They are made to last for 5 years and have insecticide for extra protection.