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.
lives lost annually
children cognitively impaired by anemia
lost in economic production in next 5 years
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.