Meet Kosi. She’s three years old. Like the rest of her family, she’s no stranger to the symptoms of malaria – fever, headache and feeling extremely weak. Sadly, one of her brothers and a sister have already died from the disease.
What causes malaria?
Malaria is a life-threatening disease of the blood. It’s caused by a parasite and is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito - one bite is all it takes.
Millions of children in Africa, Asia and Latin America suffer agonising bouts of malaria every year, and thousands of young lives are tragically lost. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Children are most at risk while they sleep, as mosquitos bite mainly between dusk and dawn. That’s why it’s vital families hang insecticide-treated mosquito nets over their beds.
We work with communities like Kosi’s, training volunteers to pass on life-saving malaria protection advice and show families how to hang their malaria nets. But we still need to protect many other children like Kosi from this deadly disease.
Please donate what you can to help us reach more communities with life-saving healthcare advice. Let’s not wait for malaria to claim another child’s life.
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Malaria: The facts
More than half a million people die of malaria every year
75% of these are African children under five
90% of all malaria deaths are in Africa