Comments on: Toll of malaria high for African women http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/03/06/toll-of-malaria-high-for-african-women/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Gabrielle Anne Santa Cruz http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/03/06/toll-of-malaria-high-for-african-women/comment-page-1/#comment-6065 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 14:20:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=534#comment-6065 An estimated 1 million people die of malaria – over 2700 deaths per day, or 2 deaths per minute, in Sub-Saharan Africa. About 90% of all malaria deaths in the world today occur in Africa south of the Sahara. This is because the majority of infections in Africa are caused by Plasmodium falciparum, the most dangerous of the four human malaria parasites. It is also because the most effective malaria vector – the mosquito Anopheles gambiae – is the most widespread in Africa and the most difficult to control. An estimated one million people in Africa die from malaria each year and most of these are children under 5 years old.

There are three principal ways in which malaria can contribute to death in young children:

1. An overwhelming acute infection, which frequently presents as seizures or coma (cerebral malaria), may kill a child directly and quickly
2. Repeated malaria infections contribute to the development of severe anaemia, which substantially increases the risk of death
3. Low birth weight – frequently the consequence of malaria infection in pregnant women – is the major risk factor for death in the first month of life

VPWA, a grassroot from Ghana dubbed by UN is currently organizing a malarial campaign in west Africa. Campaign KMO will start in Ghana with Volunteers from all over the world, including medical professionals, students, educators and various professions.

Please visit our website http://kmo2009.vpwa.org/
or you may contact us at:
Phone: 233243340112
Email: kmo2009@vpwa.org

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By: Mark Greene http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/03/06/toll-of-malaria-high-for-african-women/comment-page-1/#comment-2429 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 14:26:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=534#comment-2429 This is just incredibly naive. “Poised to complete an undertaking” ie the fight against malaria? What is he talking about? He assumes that the the donors that pledged the $3 billion can be counted on to deliver that money. Reality: the Global Fund is the biggest source of malaria funding, but it faces a funding gap that means the latest malaria grants will be cut by 25%. Maybe he could have mentioned the need faced by the Global Fund? Why does he not challenge donors to keep their promises and explain the risks of not doing so?

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