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UNREPORTED WORLD: Malaria Town

30 September 2010

Malaria in Uganda was the focus of Channel 4’s Unreported World aired on 1st October 2010.  We hope the media attention on the devastating effect of the disease will shed light on many of the issues around the heavy burden of malaria that are often ignored.

Uganda is one of the countries hardest hit by malaria. It is estimated that 300 Ugandans, mostly young children and pregnant women die every day in the country.

It is for this reason that Uganda is an important focus for Malaria Consortium’s work. We provide nets and medicines, train health staff and strengthen national health systems to help protect and save the thousands of lives affected by this disease.

We also develop long term monitoring systems to ensure continued best practice and to minimise or prevent corruption and misuse of supplies.

We are already working in Northern Uganda so any donations we receive as a direct result of the Unreported World: Malaria Town can be used to extend our activities to provide support to the local hospital and health centres in Apac to reduce the number of deaths from malaria.

This would include renovations to the paediatric and medical wards, improvements to the medicine supply system to minimise theft, provision of anti-malarial drugs, and free insecticide treated nets to any patient who comes to the hospital with malaria who does not have a net at home.

Beating this insidious disease is a huge task but a little money can go a long way to getting help and drugs to those who need them.

•   It costs just £5 to buy and distribute a net to those who need it most

•   £100 will provide life-saving medicines for 200 children

It can take so little to save a life

If you would like to help, please visit our Just Giving page. 


To find out more about
Malaria Consortium's policy and practice in managing corruption and theft, please click here.

To find out more about the use of insecticides in malaria control and Malaria Consortium’s work in this area, please click here.

Watch our soundslide shows on malaria - please click on the images below.

   


For more information, please contact Diana Thomas,d.thomas@malariaconsortium.org 

Top photo: Unreported World: Malaria Town reporter, Oliver Steeds, with young mothers and their children in Apac, Northern Uganda.
 

 

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