Friday, December 13, 2013
Worldwide malaria deaths may be almost twice as high as previously estimated, a study reports. The research, published in the British medical journal the Lancet, suggests 1.24 million people died from the mosquito-borne disease in 2010. This compares to a World Health Organization (WHO) estimate for 2010 of 655,000 deaths. — BBC NEWS
I read a very positive article from the World Health Organization (WHO) proudly proclaiming that malaria deaths were now down to around 670,000 per year. Compare that to the quote above which refutes that as only being about half of the real number. It is true that malaria deaths are down worldwide and that is good news, however the greatest killer of children in the world today is still out there. Over 3,000 children die every day. If the police told you that there had been 700 serial killers in your state, but they had captured or killed 300 of them—would that then make you feel safe, knowing that 400 were still out there? In the last three weeks, every single member of our eight-person staff has had to take one to three days off to attend funerals of neighbors or relatives who had lost a child to malaria. I know how bad it is as I have had it over six times including cerebral malaria which is the greatest killer. Karen has had it and almost died. We have hooks in the ceiling of our bedroom to hang IV bags for the times we can’t make it to the hospital. If you are a healthy adult, you will probably not die from it, but at times you will wish you did—it’s that nasty. I applaud all the churches, especially the United Methodist Church for their efforts to provide mosquito nets and all the others who have adopted this cause, but the fight has not been won. A doctor friend told me just last week that new cases of AIDS are down but malaria deaths are actually up in our area. Do a little research and look at the maps of where malaria is and where it isn’t. The first world doesn’t have to worry about it anymore, it only occurs in those countries that don’t count among the consciousness of most Americans and Europeans. We can buy pretreated mosquito nets good for five years for as little as $3.00 each. We have distributed over 1,000 of them over the last years. If you ask us to, we will buy nets in your name and give them to the pregnant women and babies in the most danger. Whatever the World Health Organization says, it is not time to rest in this fight. Help us help the children of the Lord whose birth we will soon celebrate.