Rotary Fighting Malaria in Uganda
Malaria is a disease that is transmitted from person to person by infected mosquitoes. The bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito transmits a parasite that enters the victim’s blood system and travels into the person’s liver where the parasite reproduces. There the parasite causes a high fever that involves shaking chills and pain. In the worst cases malaria leads to coma and death.
Malaria can be fatal. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 438,000 people died because of malaria in 2015; the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Global Burden of Disease (GBD) puts this estimate at 620,000 in 2017 and around 257,000 between January and May 2020. Only Covid-19 has killed more people than malaria this year.
Most victims are children. 57% of malaria fatalities are children younger than 5 years old. It is one of the leading causes of child mortality. Every twelfth child that died in 2017, died because of malaria.