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TheChallenge

The human toll is devastating. The economic toll is enormous.

Malaria is not just Uganda’s greatest health problem; it is Uganda’s greatest human and economic development problem.

70-100,000
lives lost annually
9,000,000
children cognitively impaired by anemia
$3.86 billion
lost in economic production in next 5 years

HUMAN IMPACT
Endemic in 95% of the country with 10-12 million annual cases of malaria, Uganda has the highest malaria transmission intensities in the world.

Claiming 200-300 lives every single day, malaria is the leading cause of sickness and death.

The majority of the deaths are among children. These Ugandan children represent approximately 10% of the entire global malaria mortality burden.

If nothing is done to alter the status quo, not only will these preventable deaths continue, but over 9 million Ugandan children will continue to struggle with chronic anemia due to malaria.

ECONOMIC IMPACT
Over the next five years the projected economic impact of malaria in Uganda will result in $3.86 billion USD of lost growth, and the country will continue to shoulder the highest per capita malaria burden in the world.

Direct costs of malaria are 1% of GDP every year. At 2012 levels, this is an additional $200 million USD spent maintaining the status quo.

Indirect costs are even higher––an estimated $658 million USD in 2010 alone. (Sachs and Gallup, The Economic Burden of Malaria. 2001.)

Malaria costs the Ugandan economy over 60 million working person-hours a year, and negatively affects every sector of the economy.

A Disease of the Rural Poor

At a household level the effects of malaria can be devastating. Due to treatment cost and missed work, socioeconomic status in households with malaria infection is up to 20% lower than in those without.

Further, it is estimated that the average Ugandan spends approx. 25% of household income treating malaria. For the rural poor, this represents life and death decisions about how to stretch meager resources to treat such a virulent disease.

And while the rural economy is devastated by malaria, the truth remains that effective national malaria control costs less than the cumulative costs associated with the disease.

A national investment in malaria eradication is an investment not only in the economic well being of the country, but it is an investment in the mothers and children of the nation. Uganda’s future hangs in the balance.

We believe these lives can be saved. Effective national malaria control is possible.

Mothers and fathers all over rural Uganda are praying for an end to malaria. Be an answer.

these lives matter. join us.