April 25th is World Malaria Day
"Every 30 seconds a child under 5 dies from malaria in Africa alone! Join ICMRT to reduce this mortality rate and the loss of productivity in adults caused by malaria in Ivory Coast!"
Alain Adjorlolo, President ICMRT
25th is World Malaria Day; a day set aside by the World Health
Organization to offer “an opportunity for malaria-free countries to
learn about the devastating consequences of the disease and for new
donors to join a global partnership against malaria.” It's fitting
that this month 5,000 long lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets
(LLINs) purchased by ICMRT are being released by the port authority
in Ivory Coast for free distribution to pregnant women and children
under 5 years of age.
As a child growing
up in the 60’s in the Ivory Coast, my parents, like many others,
took it for granted that 1 to 6 times a year they and their children
would contract malaria, a disease transmitted by a parasite-carrying
mosquito. However, thanks to chloroquine, we would recover and move
on with our lives.
Today’s malaria is increasingly caused by chloroquine-resistant parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, which causes the death of 63,000 children under the age of 5, and 27,000 under the age of one in the Ivory Coast each year. a country of about 18 million inhabitants. The overall absenteeism caused by malaria among school age children and adults and economic losses have also been identified as a major obstacle to economic development.
The fight against
malaria has been identified as one of the United Nation's millennium
development goals and has recently received much needed visibility
and support globally.
distribution of LLINs to pregnant
The challenge is immense; but so is the opportunity to make a groundbreaking impact in reducing malaria-caused mortality in small localities at a cost of only $10.00 per net. Malaria Day should be a day of “determination and optimism”. We are very excited to be on this journey and encourage you to continue with your support of our program.
Learn more about ICMRT Malaria program
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