Malaria. Need I Say More?

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Ah, if only I didn’t have to. If only this fatal parasitic disease never had to be spoken of again. But alas, as wonderful as God made this world, it is full of pain and suffering and loss. It has entangled itself in the oh-so-messiness of malaria.

 

Did you know that…

  • malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal disease that is spread by mosquitoes who have been infected by a parasite?
  • malaria exists in 103 countries worldwide, affecting 3.3. billion people, but about 90% of malaria-related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa?
  • the majority of those affected are children under the age of five?
  • in 2012, 207 million clinical cases of malaria were recorded worldwide; 627,000 cases were fatal?
  • pregnant women are extremely vulnerable to malaria? If the disease is contracted during pregnancy, it can be passed to the infant or result in low birth weight, which decreases the baby’s chance of survival.

 

Although I haven’t been around the world to experience all that malaria is capable of, I have been to Malawi, Africa. In this tiny country, I’ve witnessed firsthand the onslaught of this life-sucking parasite. In just the two years I lived in Malawi, malaria took more infants, orphans, and widows captive than I could count. It took the lives of those who never got the chance to see their baby take its first step, who never got to finish their last year of secondary school, and who never got to truly feel God’s love. It took the lives of those we called “family.”

 

The Malaria facts in Malawi are the scariest of all:

  • 60% of all hospital deaths in children under 5 years are due to malaria
  • Under 50% of village families have a mosquito net to sleep under
  • Nearly six million suspected cases of malaria are treated annually

 

Little does this world know, however, that there is HOPE! There is hope for these Malawians who have lost so many. How can there be hope in the midst of so much ugliness, you ask? Simple: there is hope because there is God. And where there is God, there is joy instead of pain, comfort instead of suffering, and blessings instead of loss. If you’re wondering how he manages to do all that at once, do me a favor: stand up, walk to your bathroom, and look in the mirror. That reflection, the one that looks remarkably like you, is your answer.

 

Through God, you can help bring this hope, this joy, and this comfort to those in Malawi by donating to By His Wounds. With your donations, the Hope Village clinic will be able to stock their shelves with malaria testing kits along with the appropriate medications to kill this parasite. Because of you, Hope Village will also be able to supply families with mosquito nets that will help prevent the contraction of this disease.

 

So go ahead. Press that donate button. You know you want to. 

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  • Leanne Green February 12, 2017
    Beautifully said, my dear. Love you.

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