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Malaria wave in Njonj

 

Cameroon / Njonji - In September 2010, a powerful malaria wave hit the Cameroonian village of Njonji. More than 37 children were killed. The village is in a state of malaria emergency. Terrible living conditions and poverty make the situation worse. While the world and even the country look the other way, the children of Njonji die in unacceptable numbers.

Chief Mbanda Moka says: “I suspect many more children have died. The residents cannot go anywhere when their children are sick. Because there is no help, the poorest residents in particular stay at home. Most cannot afford the trip to an aid center. But the costs of treatment are also a major obstacle. The death of their children is inevitable for the poorest. These dramas are set in many families in Njonji. Their children are buried next to the house. It is terrible what happens in my village."

Many children in Njonji continue to die from malaria because they are not protected with impregnated bed nets. And without help they are unable to gain access to life-saving treatments within 24 hours of the onset of the first malaria symptoms. Children who survive the disease suffer from permanent neurological damage.

The residents of Njonji live in a hotbed of malaria but were completely left to their own devices. DAM provides the first emergency aid in 2010 and continues the support with an extensive treatment program and the care for a substantial supply of malaria medication and diagnostic tools. In addition, DAM provides protective mosquito nets to the victims of the malaria epidemic. Together with locally set up teams, DAM distributed essential preventive resources. 8,585 consultations have now been C.A.R.ried out in combination with training sessions for support teams.

 

Malaria is clearly the disease of poverty. It primarily affects the poorest who live in poor homes, offering no barrier to mosquitoes. There are many villages around the Mount Cameroon volcano whose inhabitants live in bitter misery. The village of Njonji is part of our 'Mount Cameroon Project' in Cameroon.