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Doctors Without Borders help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.
Doctors Without Borders has been treating patients with malaria in its projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America since 1985. It currently treats over 1.5 million malaria patients around the world. Doctors Without Borders was an early proponent of ACTs, and started using it in its projects in Africa in 2001 and even earlier in southeast Asia.
In the course of their work they have been faced with many challenges in both diagnosing and treating the disease effectively, especially in remote settings.
Doctors Without Borders is working to drive through the switch to better treatment for severe malaria in endemic countries and to see wider use of rapid tests to confirm malaria before treatment.
In 2012, Doctors Without Borders treated 1,642,800 malaria cases.
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UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. The organization has the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.
Malaria kills a child somewhere in the world every minute and the majority of these children die within 48 hours of the onset of illness. Malaria is among the top three causes of child deaths in the world and is the leading cause of illness and death in many countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Malaria is of particular concern to UNICEF as it is children under five years of age who are at the greatest risk. Their immature immune systems are poorly equipped to fight malaria infection. After pneumonia and diarrhea, malaria is the third main killer of children under five years of age, representing at least 16 percent of under-five deaths in Africa.
Pregnant women are similarly at risk of illness and death caused by malaria. Women’s levels of immunity fall during pregnancy, making them more vulnerable to infection and serious illness. The after-effects of being infected with malaria during pregnancy for both child and mother, which can include low-birth weight, anemia and the effects of post-partum, are typically severe and life-long.
UNICEF has been supporting malaria prevention and treatment activities for over 20 years by distributing nets, anti-malarial drugs and now rapid diagnostic tests. UNICEF is the largest global procurer of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs). These are mosquito nets treated with insecticides that repel, disable or kill the mosquitoes that transmit the malaria parasite. Previously, conventional insecticide treated mosquito nets required regular re-treatment whereas LLINs, a relatively recent innovation, are designed to be effective without re-treatment for the life of the net. This simple and cost-effective intervention, when used every night and properly cared for, can provide protection against malaria for up to three years. For every 1,000 children sleeping under an LLIN, six lives are saved every year.
In the last six years, UNICEF has procured over 100 million mosquito nets and has contributed significant logistics and operational support to ensure countries achieve high mosquito net coverage and significant reductions in malaria illness and deaths, including distributing nets through integrated maternal and child health services.
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Malaria is a preventable and treatable
By investing in prevention measures and treatment programs for malaria, we can decrease outbreaks, community infection rates, and ultimately lower
Yet, malaria continues to cause the deaths of 500,000 people each year. Most children who die from malaria perish because they do not get effective treatment.
Today, malaria takes a child’s life every minute.
An estimated 3.4 billion people live in areas at risk of malaria transmission.
Ninety-eight percent of malaria-related deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa.
More than 40 percent of the world’s children live in places where malaria is a constant threat.
Bed nets are the most effective way to save lives from this disease.It costs less than $10 to provide a bed net to a family in need.
The Global Impact Malaria Fund brings together four of the most respected, best-in-the-business international organizations focused on preventing and treating malaria around the world.
Through this fund, you will join with millions of people to change the world by helping to distribute insecticide-treated nets, providing access to early diagnosis and treatment of malaria, performing indoor/home residual insecticide spraying, and more.
Your contributions provide additional revenue for longer-term programs and an expanded network to prevent and treat malaria around the world.
WHERE WE WORK AND WHAT WE DO
A large-scale malaria prevention program, consisting of intermittent distributions of anti-malaria medicines, appears to be drastically reducing the number of new cases of the disease among young children during peak transmission season, according to preliminary results from projects run by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a Global Impact charity partner, in two African countries.
Antimalarial medicines have been administered prophylactically to approximately 175,000 children between three months and five years of age in Koutiala District in southern Mali and in two areas of Moïssala District in Chad, through an intervention known as seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC). Children in that age group are among the most vulnerable to death from malaria due to weaker immunity. Preliminary results show more than a two-thirds drop in the number of simple malaria cases in the intervention area in Mali and up to an 86 percent drop in Chad. A significant decrease of cases of severe malaria is also being recorded.
"While we need to continue evaluating the broader impact of SMC, in terms of its overall effect on a population’s health, the initial results of our intervention show a spectacular decrease in the number of malaria cases,” said Dr. Estrella Lasry, a malaria specialist at MSF. “The bottom line is that we are seeing a correlation with our intervention: more than half the beds in the pediatric ward of the hospital in which we work in Mali are empty, something we have never seen in prior years during peak malaria season, when bed occupancy was typically over 100 percent.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended SMC in March, 2012, based upon research carried out in multiple countries in the Sahel region of Africa that experience high seasonal malaria. The intervention consists of the intermittent provision of a full course of treatment of an anti-malaria medication during peak malaria season, with the aim of preventing new cases of malaria. Different drugs are used to treat people in the area who test positive for malaria.
The MSF projects were launched in July and will last until October, the period of high malaria transmission, and mark the first time MSF has carried out a large-scale SMC program. Some 165,000 children in Mali and 10,000 in Chad take a total of three tablets of amodiaquine and one of sulphadoxine/pyrimethamine over a three-day period once a month. Children who are ill at the time of a distribution, and who test positive for malaria, receive artemisinin-based treatment and are excluded from that month’s distribution.
The areas in Mali and Chad were tested for resistance to the SMC drugs prior to the initiation of the intervention. No resistance was discovered among the representative sample tested. Further resistance surveys will be conducted periodically in Koutiala and Moïssala.
In Mali, MSF teams observed a 65 percent drop in the number of simple malaria cases in the weeks following the distribution of treatment. Additionally, the number of malaria-associated hospitalizations plummeted from an average 247 per week to 84. In southern Chad, results were equally encouraging; in two health zones in Moïssala, the decrease in the number of simple malaria cases was between 72 percent and 86 percent, compared to cases recorded in the weeks prior to the first SMC distribution.
"This prevention strategy could be an extraordinary public health tool, particularly for protecting children, who account for the vast majority of malaria deaths,” said Dr. Lasry. “We can draw on our projects in Chad and Mali to assess the feasibility of employing this strategy in other contexts.”
Additional malaria prevention methods, such as bed net distributions, insecticide spraying, and adequate diagnosis and management of malaria must continue to be supported and implemented in endemic countries, MSF said.
According to the WHO, an estimated 650,000 people die from malaria every year. Ninety percent of cases occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly among young children.
MSF is running projects for the treatment and prevention of the most deadly diseases in young children in Mali and Chad. Since the beginning of 2012, more than 12,000 people have been treated for malaria as outpatients and 3,500 sick and/or severely malnourished children have been hospitalized in Koutiala district in southern Mali. In the Moïssala district in Chad, more than 18,000 people have received malaria treatment in MSF-supported facilities or from non-medical health workers in villages who have been trained by MSF.
All content courtesy of Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières USA.
George’s motorbike is parked in the shade of a tree in Kindu, a district in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that spans a stretch of the mighty Congo River. As the diocesan health and development coordinator for the Diocese of Kindu—part of the Province of the Anglican Church of Congo—George depends greatly on his trusty bike to get him to remote communities “beyond the end of the road.” In these rural and hard-to-reach areas, people often have limited access to government health services. As a result, malaria, diarrhea and other easily preventable and treatable illnesses risk becoming fatal, particularly in children under age five.
George swings a leg over his motorbike and starts the engine. Today he is traveling with a group of NetsforLife® Malaria Control Agents (MCAs) to an awareness-raising event at a church in Alunguli, just across the Congo River from Kindu Town. Kindu is the capital of Maniema Province, which is roughly the size of Oregon and is divided into 18 health zones. The DRC’s National Malaria Control Program (PNLP in French) oversees the program as a whole and coordinates with implementing partners such as NetsforLife® and UNICEF. UNICEF is distributing nets using the standard fixed-point method in nine of the health zones, and the other nine are using the NetsforLife® method.
NetsforLife® is Global Impact charity partner Episcopal Relief & Development’s award-winning, flagship malaria prevention program. In addition to distributing millions of mosquito nets to prevent the bites that cause this deadly disease, the program aims to create a “net culture” so that people are aware of the life-saving value of nets and repair or replace them on their own. The long-term impact of malaria prevention knowledge will help to sustain the gains made so far in reducing deaths and illness: in the last decade, the number of lives lost every year has fallen from 1 million to 627,000, but it will take the combined efforts of governments, corporations, communities and faith-based organizations such as Episcopal Relief & Development to finally eradicate the disease.
George leads a coordination committee of five Anglican staff and four United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) staff to manage house-to-house net distribution and follow-up in the areas where NetsforLife® is active. Each of the committee members is responsible for one health zone, and George’s health zone, Salamabila, is a bumpy 220 miles south of Kindu. But to get to Alunguli, George just loads his bike into a wooden canoe and sets off with the local MCAs.
As the health coordinator for Kindu, George manages all of the field-based staff and liaises with partners and the government around malaria prevention on the provincial level. The overall goal for Maniema Province is to distribute 1.2 million nets through 6,000 trained volunteers, but in order to get the excellent results the program is known for, there is a lot of community education and engagement to do beforehand!
In Alunguli, George and the local MCAs talk with community members gathered at the local church about the causes of malaria and how nets save lives. The MCAs have been doing a huge amount of groundwork in addition to this event, training and working with health zone officials, religious leaders and other community representatives to spread the word about NetsforLife® and the benefits of the direct-hang strategy. They gathered community feedback about having more female MCAs so women would feel comfortable welcoming the team into their homes to hang nets over sleeping areas. They also created a series of entertaining educational radio spots to encourage people to become more open to the program and allow MCAs access to their homes and bedrooms. In a way, the net distribution is really just the tip of the iceberg—beneath the surface there is a huge amount of community support, investment and education in prevention that will help Alunguli stay on track toward eliminating malaria and building a healthier future.
“I was initially worried about the cultural barriers [of entering people’s homes and hanging nets over the sleeping areas], but the effectiveness of the NetsforLife® communication strategy gives me joy,” George says, smiling. “As the team arrives during a visit to the home, they are able to give direct and personal education about prevention and the use of the mosquito net, which ensures better understanding. This is a strength of the hang-up strategy over fixed distribution, where the health center is noisy and it is difficult to transmit a good message of education.”
Demonstrating the impact of NetsforLife®’s unique approach is a key part of encouraging communities like Alunguli to participate, and of advocating with countries to adopt it as national policy. In Maniema Province, NetsforLife® is working with UMCOR, PNLP and UNICEF to further advance a 2012 University of Kinshasa study comparing the innovative house-to-house method for distributing nets with the more standard fixed-point method. The previous study showed that the direct approach resulted in more nets correctly installed in homes, both immediately after the distribution (98.6 percent versus 88.6 percent) and five months later (85.5 percent versus 68.5 percent), than the fixed-point method.
This means that although the method of hanging nets directly in homes takes more time and funding to implement, the short- and long-term impact of the program is much deeper—a difference that George attributes to the education and engagement work of the local volunteers.
“There is a challenge for Kindu to do well, particularly with the follow-up and accurate data collection, as the Kindu work will have great repercussions on future work in the DRC,” George says. “If positive, it may pave the way for the government to adopt the methodology and thus open the door for the Church and NetsforLife® in other provinces. I am happy that we are able to show all the other collaborators involved in the campaign the benefits of the hang-up strategy. The benefits are clearly visible to all!”
Always thinking of what more could be done to improve life around his diocese, George is already pondering how the MCAs could help tackle other health issues such as clean water, sanitation and hygiene. Indeed, NetsforLife® as a whole is considering how to leverage its networks and teams of trained, caring volunteers to promote maternal and child health, improved nutrition and seeking medical attention when needed. On the government side, the program is advocating to bring health posts closer to remote villages in order to reduce this as a barrier to care.
“Kindu would be a great place to do more,” said Dr. Abebe Aberra, Senior Health Advisor for Episcopal Relief & Development. “The diocesan development office currently manages a range of locally-led programs that improve health, economic activity and food supply, and there are many people who, like George, are committed and involved in strengthening their communities. Their work continues to inspire me and I know they are an inspiration to others in the DRC and regionally. It is great to see how NetsforLife® is making an impact in the malaria sphere and beyond.”
All content courtesy of Episcopal Relief & Development.
The night three-year-old Rael Cheruto started calling out the names of her sisters and friends in her sleep, her family knew something was very wrong. Her skin was hot to the touch, and her family could not wake her.
By morning, Rael was unconscious. When she finally woke up after more than two weeks in the hospital, she could no longer walk, feed herself, or communicate. Doctors diagnosed her with cerebral malaria, which can cause the disease’s most severe neurological effects.
Malaria exacts a terrible toll on children and families in western Kenya, where Rael lives. It’s rare to meet a family here that has not been personally affected by malaria, this region’s number one health threat to children. PATH, a Global Impact charity partner, is reaching into villages across western Kenya through a network of community health workers and a broad-based health education effort to give families the tools to fight back against the disease.
Paying a heavy price
Before she became ill, Rael was full of energy, even helping her father, Joseph, carry water back to the family home from a nearby stream. “She was not left behind on anything,” Joseph recalls. Her older brothers and sisters had all had malaria at some point during childhood, but they had always bounced back. The family never knew the consequences of malaria could be so severe.
Now age six, Rael spends hours most days shut inside her family’s mud-brick house while the rest of the family is at school or work. Sometimes, she still calls out the names of her sisters and former playmates.
Her parents have taken her to local hospitals to see if anything can be done to straighten Rael’s thin legs, now drawn up tight under her body. Joseph and his wife struggle to support their family on the small income they earn from selling produce and working in a local shop. They haven’t been able to afford to return to the hospital for more therapy.
“When we are outside, we carry her with us. We love her and don’t want her to miss any company,” says Joseph, cradling Rael in his arms. She sits limply in his lap in a green polka-dot dress, staring vacantly around her. “What we are hoping and praying is that she will walk again.”
A neighbor-to-neighbor approach
In Rael’s village and across western Kenya, PATH is using simple, proven interventions to protect children, save lives, and prevent other families from facing the devastating consequences of malaria. At the heart of our strategy is an army of community health workers.
These local volunteers, selected by community members and village elders for their leadership and community standing, are equipped with training and tools from PATH and our partners to reach their neighbors with messages about malaria prevention. Many volunteers have nursed their own children through malaria—and sometimes lost them to the disease—giving them personal passion for their work and a shared experience with community members.
They ensure that families have bed nets and that the nets are being used consistently and correctly. They encourage their neighbors to drain standing pools of water and trim back vegetation to limit breeding areas for mosquitoes. They teach parents to recognize the signs of malaria and refer people with suspected malaria to health facilities.
In many communities, there’s a sense of resignation about malaria. The disease is so ubiquitous, local health officials say many people consider it unavoidable. Community health workers teach people to recognize malaria as an especially serious health threat to pregnant women and young children and to get them to a health facility at the first sign of fever.
“Mosquitoes outside, people inside”
Today, public health messages about malaria abound in western Kenya, part of a massive education and prevention effort supported by PATH and our partners that aims to reach more than 10 million people in Nyanza and Western provinces. The government has distributed millions of free bed nets, and PATH is working to enhance bed net procurement and distribution methods to ensure a consistent supply.
Bed net ownership is rising, with about 60 percent of households in western Kenya owning at least one insecticide-treated bed net. Radio announcements remind people to sleep under bed nets at night, using the Swahili slogan mbu nje, sisi ndani: “Mosquitoes outside, people inside.”
By empowering people to protect their own health—and by helping parents recognize their critical role in fighting malaria—we’re helping communities take charge of their response to malaria. Working together, we can reach our ultimate goal: to stamp out malaria for good and prevent families from losing children to the disease.
All content courtesy of PATH.
Sagang, Indonesia, an island once suffering from a record number of malaria cases has managed to eradicate all indigenous cases of the disease, which is a leading cause of death among children under age 5.
When Adelia’s fever simply did not go down, she was tested for the second-most-common malaria parasite—malaria vivax. Thanks to immediate and effective treatment, Adelia, who is now 9 years old, managed to recover fully. But many others before her were not so lucky.
“On Sabang Island, basically everyone had malaria at one point in their lives. We were so used to it,” Adelia’s mother, Rahmawati, explains. “But when it happens to one of your own children, I must say, I was terribly worried.”
At one point, Batee Shok, the village Adelia and her mother call home in Aceh province, broke all records, with the highest number of malaria cases to be registered in a single village in Sabang.
Adelia was not yet born when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit Aceh province in 2004 and triggered a massive post-disaster response in the region, but the groundwork on implementing the malaria interventions that would one day save her life was soon to begin.
“After the tsunami, there was an increase in malaria cases in Sabang,” recalls Dr. Titik Yuniarti, Head of Communicable Disease Control in the district health office. “In 2008, we started working with UNICEF, a Global Impact charity partner, to eliminate malaria.”
Financial and technical support from UNICEF catalyzed greater government investment in controlling malaria and in enhancing health systems – and budget allocations from the local government have steadily increased. Reporting has improved among hospitals and private physicians, as has more rapid investigation of reported cases.
In addition to political commitment and community engagement, strict malaria surveillance by the local health department was essential. The local health office included each malaria case in a database, providing information on all possible aspects that may have influenced a person’s risk of exposure, including where he or she lived and whether there were habitats of Anopheles mosquito larva nearby.
These efforts have yielded enormous success. “[T]oday we can claim that we no longer have any indigenous cases on the island,” says Dr. Yuniarti.
Indeed, it was Adelia who suffered the last case of indigenous malaria among Sabang’s 30,000 inhabitants.
“No one should die from a mosquito bite”
Community volunteers, trained by UNICEF, play a vital role in preventing spread of the disease. The volunteers go door-to-door to check on the health of residents and ask whether they are using their insecticide-treated bed nets correctly. A first line of defense against malaria, the nets are distributed by the local government with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The volunteers also collect blood samples. Though the task has earned them the nickname “Dracula,” testing for malaria is critical to identify active cases of the disease, initiate timely treatments and prevent its further spread.
“I want malaria to be eliminated from my island,” says volunteer Srikayanti of Sabang. “It’s ridiculous; no one should die from a mosquito bite, especially no child.”
Three years ago, she made daily house calls for Adelia after she was diagnosed with malaria. Srikayanti wanted to make sure that Adelia fully adhered to her treatment – Artemisinin-based combination therapy—so that the malaria parasite could be fully removed from her system.
All content courtesy of UNICEF USA.
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