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Malaria: Life on the front line

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Life on the Front Line

Malaria is a leading cause of death in Uganda, killing a child under five every two minutes. However, the world has made incredible progress. Money raised through Sport Relief will help fund projects and support people who are fighting malaria. Meet some of the people that feature in Life on the Front line; find out more about their experiences with Malaria, and how Comic Relief funding has helped them.

 

The Doctor  The Community Health Worker  The daughter  The mother  How you can help

Dr David Mayengod wearing labcoat

The Doctor

Head of a Health Clinic in central Uganda, Dr Mayengod sees the repercussions of malaria first-hand, every day. People can’t work, provide for their families or physically care for their children. All too often, children die.

Malaria Consortium, a global charity which works hard to control the disease, has rolled out the Community Health Worker initiative. Money raised through Sport Relief will help fund more projects like this one, to train community health workers  and tackle malaria through prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Viana with medic kit

The Community Health Worker

Married father of five, Viany, has been a Community Health Worker (CHW) for 17 years. CHWs are armed with rapid diagnostic tests, which are funded by Sport Relief cash, and can diagnose malaria in 15 minutes.  Viany's work is a matter of life of death.

A vocal advocate of the use of mosquito nets as an effective preventative measure, Viany treats around 30 people per week, roughly 10 of whom will be diagnosed with malaria. When people get better because of him, he feels proud, and he’s confident that the war against malaria is being won. Everyone knows who Viany is and that, without him, many lives would be lost.

Viany walking in hometown

 

Noreen on a matress with her mum, Doreen.

The mother

Dorine is a farmer, originally from Burundi. Dorine and her family fled to Uganda after her father was massacred and they’ve been living in Kyankwanzi for two months.

Dorine, who works hard to feed her family, has had malaria four times herself, including when she was pregnant with her daughter, and again shortly after the birth. With the help of Community Health Workers, and the provision of nets, Dorine and her daughter have a better chance of staying Malaria-free.

Did you know?

Since 2000, malaria death rates have fallen by 71% among children under five in Africa.

 

71%

The daughter

Living as a single mother of three in an area rife with malaria, Silvia, Juliet’s mother, knew it was only a matter of time before her children would be affected by the disease. Silvia has had malaria herself multiple times before, but was worried when her three month old daughter, Juliet, showed signs of malaria. She immediately decided to take her daughter to see the village CHW to get tested.

Within 15 minutes, Juliet was diagnosed with malaria and urgently referred to a Health Clinic where she was put on intravenous treatment which saved her life, and she made a full recovery.

Silvia holding her child

 

Darren Emerson talking on a radio

How you can help

From providing rapid diagnostic tests and mosquito nets to training community health workers, Comic Relief funds projects that help tackle malaria through prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Together, by eradicating malaria and many other critical issues, we can change countless lives. So whatever moves you, do it for Sport Relief and help to create a world where everyone is happier, healthier and safer.

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