On the occasion of World Malaria Day 2014, Muslim Aid appeals to the international community to invest in preliminary healthcare and preventative measures to curb the spread of Malaria, particularly in developing countries.
Malaria affects 3.4 billion people, almost half the population of the world, and results in the death of one child every minute in Africa, many before their fifth birthday. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria, while entire countries are affected by the economic impact the disease has on high-burden regions.
A spokesperson for Muslim Aid said: “Malaria is a highly dangerous, yet easily preventable and treatable disease. The concern for Muslim Aid, as well as other humanitarian NGOs, is the lack of resources available to those living in poverty in high risk areas. Muslim Aid appeals to the international community to invest in preventative measures in line with Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6, such as equipping low income households with mosquito nets, and ensuring that adequate healthcare is available to those that are unable to afford it. Recent figures show that the number of deaths caused by malaria is declining each year, however more must be done to protect those that are most vulnerable to the disease.”
Muslim Aid invests heavily in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria through its healthcare programmes across Africa and Asia. In 2013 alone, over 200,000 people benefitted from Muslim Aid’s Malaria Prevention and Treatment project in Somalia, which included the distribution of mosquito nets and conducting awareness sessions aimed at the general public to raise awareness of the disease, in order to prevent it from spreading, and to detect early symptoms for effective treatment. Muslim Aid’s various clinics and hospitals in Africa and Asia also diagnose and treat those affected by malaria, who would otherwise struggle to afford treatment.