When we first met Geneka earlier this year, she was heavily pregnant with her second child. Almost everyone is at risk from malaria, but the disease is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and children: it accounts for around 11% of maternal deaths and kills 250,000 children in Nigeria under five every year.
Thanks to the work of our partner, Geneka has gained a strong awareness of what malaria is and the importance of using a mosquito net.
But unfortunately, at seven months pregnant, Geneka caught malaria. Her local health centre didn’t have suitable medicine for pregnant women, so she had to walk to the next village to get the help she needed.
Sadly, we recently learned that Geneka’s baby was stillborn at birth.
How we’re helping
Our partners are working hard with Geneka’s community through a Community Development Committee to urge their local government to provide much needed healthcare. So that women like Geneka don’t have to make difficult journeys when they feel unwell.
Please give a precious, life-saving gift alongside gifts to friends and family this Christmas.