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World Malaria Day 2018

by Lisa Wolff

The mosquito - the most dangerous animal in the world? In fact it is: each year more people die from its bite than of the bites of sharks or venomous snakes. It transfers diseases, which can become life threatening without medical treatment. Like Malaria.

According to the WHO Malaria Report in 2016 approximately 216 million of Malaria infections were reported worldwide. Several years ago also our general manager Wolfgang Groß fell ill to the dangerous Malaria tropica during his visit to Africa. Only thanks to excellent medical treatment in a German specialized clinic and God´s help he got back on its feet again:

"I myself experienced this insidious illness the hard way and almost lost my life to it. I am grateful to God and the attending physicians for being still alive and able to continue my work another 16 years till date."

humedica-Geschäftsführer Wolfgang Groß mit Kindern in Äthiopien

humedica founder and general manager Wolfgang Groß fell ill to Malaria during a visit to Africa in 1997. Photo: humedica

Cases of Malaria in humedica project countries

Also our intervention team members have to deal with this infectious disease on a regular basis, especially in relief operations in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
 
"More than 40 per cent of the patients we examined during our intervention in Togo were ill from Malaria", reports for example Dr. Gunter Müller, who has provided pro bono help for humedica for the 16th time now. Most recently in Togo, where he was part of a nine-person intervention team working in prisons by the end of 2017.

Another humedica team has made similar experiences in Benin by the beginning of the year 2018: "Malaria is a great problem due to the lack of mosquito nets in the sleeping areas", confirms Dr. Tobias Schadeck, team leader of the jailhouse relief intervention on site.

Also in the mother-child clinic in the West African Niger, run by humedica and the Hosanna Institute de Sahel, Malaria is a very serious issue. "In times of higher Malaria incidences two additional nurses are employed to take care of the many infected patients.", says Sebastian Zausch, who visited our projects in Niger.

humedica-Klinikpersonal in Kollo, Niger

During the Malaria season two additional nurses support our clinic team in Kollo. Photo: humedica

Malaria relief thanks to your support of our supply aid

With timely and correct medication Malaria can treated quite effectively. Thanks to your financial support and donations in kind, humedica could provide its projects with anti-Malaria drugs worth more than 226.000 Euro in the last 18 years worldwide. The donation of anti-malaria medication by sigma-tau for example allowed for the treatment of acutely infected patients in Togo.

Ausgabe von Medikamenten von humedica-Mitarbeitern

If diagnosed in time, Malaria can be treated quite effectively by medication. Photo: humedica

In order to fight Malaria lastingly, humedica also focusses on preventive measures: as Malaria mosquitos are most active at dusk and during the night, mosquito nets offer very effective protection.
 
The Augsburg textile manufacturer Albani Group donated 40.400 moskito nets to humedica and thus made an important contribution to the help for people in need. "Malaria is a vital problem in many countries we provide with supply goods. Every year it causes the death of countless people", explains Alastair Scott, responsible for the supply goods department at humedica. "Thanks to the donation of Albani we were able to protect thousands of potential victims from getting infected."

The nets went to various projects in Malaria areas in Africa and Southeast Asia, where humedica provides sustainable help in the course of long-term projects.

Like in Sri Lanka, which in 2016 was declared a Malaria free region by the WHO. This positive development still continues thanks to other actively supported preventive measures. In November 2017 for example our subsidiary humedica Lanka distributed 170 mosquito nets to families in Vavuniya.

Menschen mit Moskitonetzen auf dem Weg in ihr Dorf

Loaded with mosquito nets the families hit the road back to their villages. Photo: humedica

"This campaign aims not only to prevent a renewed outbreak of Malaria, but also to fight other mosquito diseases like Dengue fever, Chikungunya or Japan Encephalitis", explains Dr. Prithiviraj Thamotharampillai from humedica Lanka.

It is your support, which enables us to fight for the prevention and control of Malaria, thank you so much!

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