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Malaria is one of the world's most common diseases, caused by a parasite that is transmitted to humans by a female mosquito's bite.

Each year, more than 500 million people suffer from acute malaria, resulting in more than 1 million deaths. At least 86 percent of these deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa. Globally an estimated 3,000 children and infants die from malaria every day and 10,000 pregnant women die from malaria in Africa every year. Malaria disproportionately affects poor people, with almost 60 percent of malaria cases occurring among the poorest 20 percent of the world's population.

Malaria has a direct impact on a country's human resources. Not only does malaria result in lost life and lost productivity due to illness and premature death, but malaria also negatively affects children's schooling and social development through absenteeism and permanent health concerns associated with severe episodes of the disease.

The estimated yearly economic loss due to malaria is about $12 billion. Annual economic growth in countries with high malaria transmission has historically been lower than in countries without malaria. Malaria is one of the greatest threats to human health and economic welfare on earth.

Malaria is a disease that is both preventable and treatable if addressed properly and quickly. canadian artists for the poor provides solutions in the following three ways:

mosquito nets to protect children from mosquito bites
malaria prevention education
access to malaria medical treatment for those struggling with the disease

Summary:

Medical Services Healthier People> Higher Productivity> More Profits> Independence
Children in School> Education> Opportunities>


[1] Nobelprize.org
[2] WorldHealth Organization

 

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