Kenneth captured the heart of Save the Children staff as he stayed close during their visit to his primary school. Over the course of the day he developed symptoms of malaria. He was confirmed with the illness that day at a nearby village health clinic. Staying close to staff may have saved his life.
World Malaria Day
Every 2 Minutes Malaria Kills a Child
April 25, 2018 is World Malaria Day. This international observance recognizes the global efforts being done to not just control, but wipe out malaria. Despite good progress, there is still much work to be done to defeat this deadly disease.
Save the Children – together with our partners – helps communities better prevent, quickly diagnose and treat malaria. Protecting families with bed nets treated with mosquito repellent, and helping community health providers treat malaria are our top priorities.
Stefaria and Kenneth's Story
Stefaria and Kenneth live almost 2,000 miles apart and will likely never meet. But they have several things in common: They both live in struggling Africa countries. They both lost their fathers. And they both suffered the life-threatening chills, fever, headache and vomiting that can come with malaria, transmitted by mosquitoes.
Stefaria, who lives in Malawi, escaped being one of the 720 children who died from malaria each day with the help of a special first aid kit that Save the Children provides to schools in many malaria-prone areas of Africa. The kit includes a rapid malaria test and the high-powered medication needed to successfully treat the disease.
Kenneth is a 4-year-old boy who lives in Uganda. One day, a Save the Children staff member noticed Kenneth's hand was strangely hot. Kenneth became overly tired and wouldn't play outside. He was rushed to a nearby clinic, where he was quickly diagnosed and treated with life-saving anti-malaria medication.
How You Can Help
You can help Save the Children close the gap in access to measures proven to prevent malaria. April, which is also World Health Month, is the perfect time to take action to improve and help transform countless children’s lives.
Join us in saving children from malaria.
- $2 can provide medicines to treat malaria and related symptoms.
- $25 will provide mosquito nets to protect families where malaria is widespread.
- $50 gift will provide malaria treatment to save a child’s life.
- $110 donation will train a health professional to accurately diagnose and treat malaria.