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Today is #WorldMalariaDay




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Malaria kills over 435 000 lives a year a big and costly number. Many of those who are affected by this disease do not have access to healthcare basics such as medical aid and/or access to hospitals for treatment. In countries such as Mali it is the primary cause of death for children under the age of 5. Countries such as Mali in Sub-Saharan Africa are to malaria.


Infection

Infection usually occurs when you're bit by a female Anopheles mosquito. When a mosquito bites an infected person, a small amount of blood is taken in which contains microscopic malaria parasites. About 1 week later, when the mosquito takes its next blood meal, these parasites mix with the mosquito’s saliva and are injected into the person being bitten.


Symptoms

  • Fever

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • Shaking Chills

  • Headache

  • Muscle Aches

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea


If the disease goes untreated it can cause jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin) because of lack of red blood cells as well as anemia. Severe cases include kidney failure, seizures, mental confusion and even death.


Prevention


Anti-malaria pills available.

Mosquito nets.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) World Malaria Report for 2018 showcases the ongoing challenges high-burden countries face due to inadequate funding. The Global Fund has a goal to raise $14 billion to cover all grants allocated by the fund from 2020 to 2022 with support from global leaders and world governments.






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