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Forgotten children from Zimbabwe

 

Zimbabwe is affected by malaria and malnutrition. The country was once one of the most prosperous and productive countries in southern Africa. However, over the past ten years, political and economic crises have caused a devastating breakdown of public health. More than 35,000 children urgently need help and treatment.

The local teams at Drive Against Malaria continue to work for the people in northwestern Zimbabwe, in the border region with Zambia, where an emergency has now been announced due to the merciless drought. 

The local teams at Drive Against Malaria continue to work for the people in northwestern Zimbabwe, in the border region with Zambia, where an emergency has now been announced due to the merciless drought.

 

No escape from malaria - The United Nations World Food Program has now placed the highest priority on providing food to the population. As this crisis continues and the limited financial resources are fully absorbed by the food problem, the healthcare sector is unable to escape the repeated attacks of malaria. Even the most basic means are missing: medicines, for example, and beds at health posts are not equipped with protective mosquito nets. A little girl was brought in with a broken arm, but never left ... She became infected during her admission and died of malaiua. That is more than heartbreaking. And yet - as you read this - there are three, even four children in the same bed in a coma and on the drip. They are infected with malaria and are unlikely to survive.

 

Children in a coma - In each cradle there are convulsing children. A baby is lying in a coma in an old rusted bed and has trouble breathing. A young child in the next bed is also in bad shape - the malaria parasite has attacked the red blood cells and the palms of his hands and the soles of his feet are alarmingly white. He obviously needs a blood transfusion, but the delivery of shift plasma is zero in this hospital. Parents have brought their little son into the health post, but they have arrived too late. Before they came, they tried to treat their child with a herbal remedy, purely for lack of money. When the situation became life-threatening, they borrowed money from neighbors, friends and family for hospitalization. But their son's organs were too weakened by the parasite. If he survives, he will most likely be blind and deaf, suffering from serious brain damage. He will remain mentally retarded for the rest of his life.

 

Help for the forgotten children of Zimbabwe - Drive Against Malaria sends extra help teams to clinics in villages destroyed by malaria; - villages that would otherwise not receive medical care. Our health teams are currently working in the country that is also suffering from a debilitating drought crisis. Our organization has been active in this region since the 1990s, providing preventive drugs, medicines and diagnostics for a population whose existence is being attacked on many fronts. Our assistance in Zimbabwe is a pillar of life that is part of a joint national effort, coordinated with the United Nations, national agencies and the World Health Organization. We are more supporting the 50-man medical staff in the northwestern region of the country to promote the treatment of malaria for vulnerable children.

Life-saving treatments - Thousands of forgotten children in Zimbabwe die from malaria. Through the deployment of staff, essential malaria interventions and through financing, we support essential activities and offer free and life-saving treatments. Local volunteers are trained and equipped by the Drive Against Malaria project, in close collaboration with civil society organizations. Instruction is also given on prevention, and early testing and treatment in the communities are encouraged and supported. With our joint efforts, it is possible, together with the community, to free the forgotten children of Zimbabwe and the next generation from malaria. This involvement pushes the health of the children back in the right direction and promotes the further reduction of death from the dreaded disease and related complications.

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